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Body Of Pacific Soldier Killed In Afghanistan Returns Home

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On Friday the parents of U.S. Army Specialist Jeffrey White raised the Championship Flag for the St. Louis Cardinals home opener.  On Saturday family members wore St Louis Blues jerseys while the lined the streets of Pacific with hundreds of others.  They were there to show suport for White's family as they escorted his body home.

"He was a big Blues fan, Cardinals fan, and he loved his family and friends, "said Renee White, Aunt. "He loved his family and friends and we are so proud of him."

Hundreds of American flags lined the path to the funeral home.

"He would do anything for anyone like he did for our country and I don`t know what I`m going to do without him." said Emily White, cousin.

"He represents a lot of kids in the community that are in the service right now," said Sheri Delmain, a friend of the family.

She held an umbrella as a heavy rain fell.  Delmain was impressed with the turnout.

"Would you rather be here standing in the rain or would you rather be where he`s at right now?" asked Delmain. "We have to pay tribute to him."

Patriot Guard riders were joined by Action riders and Freedom and Road riders.

"It`s just an honor to help these families," said rider Sue Sweet.  "If it wasn`t for them and the sacrifices their children are making then it would be tougher for my grandchildren growing up."

Specialist White was 21.  He was killed in the Khost  Province of Afghanistan.  He was scheduled to return home on a two week leave on Friday.

A memorial for family only will be held at First Baptist Church in Villa Ridge (Highway M) on Tuesday, April 17th, from 3:00-4:00 p.m., followed by visitation for the public at the church from 4:00-8:00 p.m.

The funeral service will be held at First Baptist Church in Villa Ridge on Wednesday, April 18th, at 11:00 a.m. Interment will immediately follow the service at Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.