DURANT, OK - It was a somber day for many people in Durant. All gathered at the First Baptist Church to pay their respects to a fallen soldier, staff sergeant Jason Brown.
People and flags lined the streets outside the church to remember the Durant native. Brown was killed April 17th while serving in Iraq trying to capture an al-Qaeda leader.
The 29-year-old Green Beret received many awards including the bronze star and the Purple Heart. Friends say he was a great guy, are proud he served our country and are grateful for all people who serve in the military.
"I think every person who lives in a free America owes the soldiers a debt of gratitude and I think it's the least we can do," says Durant Fire Chief Steve Dow.
Brown will now be buried in Arlington national Cemetery in Washington DC. He also leaves behind a daughter in Texas.