One of the nation's heroes has now been laid to rest in Brownfield. One week ago, we told you about 34-year-old Sgt. Steve Morin, Jr. of Brownfield. He was one of 15 soldiers killed in Iraq last week when his convoy was attacked.
Hundreds of friends and community members came from all parts of the country Friday to pay respects and say good-bye to Brownfield soldier, Sgt. Morin, and for his wife, Gwendolyn, it's the last good-bye.
"To me, he's my husband, my silly husband," said Gwendolyn. "I knew he was a wonderful person. I just see so many people here at the funeral and I'm thinking, wow, he's really important."
Gwendolyn and Steve met in Lubbock in 1997 and were married two years later.
"I met him during the Christmas season and he was Santa and I was an elf," remembered Gwendolyn.
Now they have a six year old son, Esteban, who also said good bye.
"He seems real at peace," said Gwendolyn. "I think that's what's pulling him through and that's pulling us all through right now."
It was standing room only at St. Anthony's Church in Brownfield. Military men served as pallbearers. At the cemetery, one offered a special military prayer. Then they honored him with the 21 gun salute. They dedicated a flag and gave it to his wife, and gave his medals to his mother, Audrey Morin.
Gwendolyn knew this day could come, she just never thought it would.
"He called me just four and a half hours before he was killed and it was just like any other conversation," she recalled. "I just knew it was a mistake, it couldn't possibly be my husband. He's so strong, he said he was coming home."
Morin was to return next month and they were looking forward to Christmas together. However, after his convoy came under attack in Iraq, the funeral would be their last meeting.
"There's just so many things we were talking about doing when he got back that we can't ever do," said Gwendolyn, "and it's not fair."
The family is grateful for all the community's support throughout the last week and at the funeral Friday.
Brownfield Family Mourns Soldier's Death
The devastating headlines from Iraq turned into a reality for a Brownfield family this week. 34-year-old Sgt. Steven Morin, Jr. died Wednesday when insurgents attacked his convoy. Morin graduated from Brownfield High School and later from Texas Tech University.