PORTLAND — A procession led by an honor guard carrying the American flag, a contingent of fellow soldiers, Patriot Guard motorcyclists and firefighters escorted the flag-draped casket of a Beaverton solider back home Friday.
Army Specialist John Pelham, 22, and a fellow soldier were shot and killed by enemy fire in the line of duty in Afghanistan last week.
“I just think it’s important to show our support for these people who put their lives in danger and unfortunately sometimes lose their lives so we can enjoy the freedoms that we have,” said one man who stopped to watch the spectacle.
Hundreds lined the procession route from the Portland Air Base to Beaverton where Spc. Pelham will be laid to rest.
The 2010 Sunset High School graduate was on his second tour of duty. He played baseball and was quarterback of the football team. He got the urge to join the army from his time spent as a cadet.
His funeral will be held Monday at the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in Beaverton. Following a 1:00 procession, he’ll be laid to rest at Willamette National Cemetery.