MONROE, OH (FOX19) - Funeral services were held Thursday morning for Army Specialist James Robinson.
The Lebanon native was killed in Afghanistan on August 28, when insurgents attacked his unit.
Patriot Guard Riders led the procession from Old Lemon Monroe High School, lined with yellow ribbons where Specialist James Robinson played soccer.
"They take care of us, they take care of our country," said Windal Cottle, a Korean War veteran.
Holding American flags and heavy hearts, families, friends and complete strangers came from near and far to support a fallen hero.
"We know it's a great sacrifice that they've made and we should come out and show our support for them," said Tammy Dye of Monroe.
The 27-year-old was based at Fort Campbell, enlisting in the army in 2005, earning a bronze star and a purple heart.
"We want to let this family know that we care about them and they're not in this by themselves,"said Keith Maupin.
Maupin came to this morning services, knowing full well of the anguish Robinson's family is going through after losing his own son in Iraq.
"It's a heart-wrenching, gut-wrenching thing that they have to do today, but we want them to know that they're not in this by themselves," Maupin said.
Kelly Dudleson brought her young son, teaching him the importance of honoring the soldiers who sacrifice overseas to protect Americans back home
"He needs to know and respect what's going on," Dudleson said.
Memorial contributions are suggested to The Thank You Foundation, P.O. Box 899, Lebanon, OH 45036.