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Southeast Texas honor the memory of Sgt. Anthony Maddox
SOUTHEAST TEXAS-By: Leslie Rangel
Hundreds lined the streets throughout Mid County and Port Arthur to pay their respects and say a final thank you to Army Sergeant Anthony Maddox.
Sergeant Maddox died last week from injuries after a fueling accident in Afghanistan and today, he came home to Southeast Texas for the final time.
The town where he graduated high school and played football.
It was a way to say welcome home to a fallen soldier.
A lone flight touches down at the Jack Brooks Regional Airport.
Those on the tarmac stood silent, while some saluted.
An honor guard unloaded the casket of Army Sergeant Anthony Maddox.
"At that point, the realization fo the family hits as to what it is," Steve Morgan a Patriot Guard member says.
The hard realization is that the friend, brother, son and soldier, gave the ultimate sacrifice for his country at the age of 22.
"Until then you've just been told that it's that realization now once you're unloaded and they load you up for that military escort," Morgan says.
His family stays close to travel the final miles of the journey home.
But along the way, along the streets of Southeast Texas, people who didn't know him, put aside everything else.
Some people call him friend their friend.
"He gave his life for our country and unfortunately I never served but this is the least that I can do is show my respect to him," Brent McDonald said.
"It's just sad but it's an honor to support," Delores Laviege says.
Others, call him a brother in arms.
"It really warms my heart to see the turn out of the people that's out here. Just knowing what he's coming home to people that respect him, love him, versus what we come back to in the 60's to the demonstrations, " Buddy Leonard, a Vietnam Veteran says.
A soldier, Sgt. Anthony maddox, comes home.
A soldier who is not forgotten.
"They might miss him, but now he's in God's army and he's fighting a battle there and he's where we can't be right now," Morgan said.
Services are scheduled for tomorrow at Antioch Missionary Baptist Church. A visitation begins at 9am, the services begin at 10am.