Petal, MS(WDAM)-Just after 10 a.m. Thursday morning a military jet touched down at the Pine Belt Regional Airport, carrying the body of 21 yr. old SPC. Anthony Blount of Petal.
Specialist Blount was killed on April 7th after an I. E. D. detonated against the vehicle his army unit was traveling in.
A processional which carried his body to a Petal funeral home, was led by the Mississippi Highway Patrol, Petal Police Officers and the Patriot Guard Riders.
Andrew Copeland, a Patriot Guard volunteered to ride in honor of a hero.
"I wanted to honor a soldier that has died fighting for our freedom."
Folk's from all over the Pine Belt, along with students from every Petal School lined the Evelyn Gandy Parkway to salute this fallen hero. Morgan Fowler knew SPC. Blount on a personal level.
" I am a friend of the family, a friend of his. It is sad, a sad time for his family and I am sorry very sorry."
Although the family of Specialist Blount is grieving they wanted today to be a celebration of his life.