"The funeral for Army Spc. Brian R. Bowman, 24, was held in Woodland Christian Heights Church.Bowman, a medic, was killed with two fellow soldiers when their unit was attacked with improvised explosives and small-arms fire. All of the soldiers were from Fort Carson, Colo.The funeral procession, led by the Patriot Guard motorcycle group, went through the heart of downtown before turning on Indiana 47 to make its way to Waveland Presbyterian Cemetery in the small town of Waveland."
John Downey of Crawfordsville stood along Washington Street with his sons Jarett, 10, and Clayton, 8. The trio held a 3-by-5-foot American flag.
"I got the boys out of school for this," Downey said. "It's important because it is educational.
"They can learn to understand and respect patriotism, and have an appreciation for the flag and the troops."
Before the funeral procession reached downtown, members of the Blue Star Mothers group passed out small flags to people on the sidewalks.
"I've given out more than 100 flags," said Stacey Larkin, whose son-in-law and nephew served in Iraq.
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