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10/6/07

A Special Homecoming At The Airport

As Broadway in Lubbock was filled with excitement over the Texas Tech Homecoming Parade, at Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport a soldier came home. No parade. No excitement. Just anticipation and respect for a fallen soldier come home.

A life built on service to others as a nurse's aide at Covenant Medical Center, Petty Officer Third Class Mark Cannon, so moved by September 11th 2001, enlisted in the Navy and served with honor since July.

Then, just this past Tuesday, Petty Officer Cannon's service to others ended. He was shot while serving as a Marine Medic on the ground in Afghanistan.

At 11 a.m. Saturday morning Petty Officer Cannon's flag-draped casket, under full military guard and regalia, was welcomed home by both the Navy and Marines, the military branches under which he proudly served his country.

And his proud father, Tom Cannon, surely broken inside at the moving site, looked on with mournful eyes as his son came home one last time.

Tom Cannon was unable to talk to us Saturday but he extends his welcome to all that want to come pay respects to his fallen son. Funeral services for Mark Cannon will be held Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. at St. Stephens Episcopal Church at 11th and slide.

Sadly Petty Officer Cannon isn't the only local soldier being laid to rest Tuesday. Sergeant Randell Olguin, 24, of Ralls died this past Sunday when insurgents attacked his unit in Baghdad. A prayer service will be held for Olguin at 7 p.m. Monday night and the funeral will begin at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. Both services will be at the Baptist Church in Ralls.

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