Local soldier’s body returns home to tears of pride

Local soldier’s body returns home to tears of pride
Photo provided by Holly Carter, KPLC NBC News.

POSTED: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 5:45pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, April 4, 2012 - 5:49pm

Southwest Louisiana residents welcome a solider home for the final time. The body of Captain Aaron Istre of the U.S. Army arrived at Chennault International Airport just after 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 4.

His wife, three children and other family members patiently awaited his arrival.

Istre was a 1993 graduate of Vinton High School. He joined the Army after graduation and was killed while on tour in Afghanistan.

A procession including his body, his family members and several motorcycle riders made their way to Matthews and Son Funeral Home in Jennings via Highway 90.

People lined the streets and welcomed Captain Istre as his body arrived for his funeral tomorrow.

Kermit Manuel understands the family's pain. He lost his brother in combat just five years ago.

"One of our fallen comrades has come back to our country,” he said. “One of the things that we do, we escort the body from where it comes in the country - the local airport, to the funeral home. We believe in bringing everyone home and we believe in proper military escort."

Visitation will continue tomorrow morning at 8:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. when the funeral begins at the Matthews and Son Funeral Home. He will then be laid to rest in Calvary Cemetery with full military rites.

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