Several events have been planned for Tampa Bay residents who want to honor the life of Army Spc. Brittany Gordon, who was killed Oct. 13 in Afghanistan by a suicide bomber.
The 24-year-old was the daughter of Brenda Gordon and St. Petersburg assistant police chief Cedric Gordon.
She also is the first female soldier from the Tampa Bay area to be killed in the Iraq or Afghanistan wars.
Gordon's body will arrive Wednesday at MacDill Air Force Base and will be escorted to St. Petersburg, her hometown, beginning at about noon.
In Hillsborough County, the motorcade will follow the following route: north on Bayshore Boulevard, east on the Platt Street Bridge, north on Florida Avenue, east on Jackson Street, north on Jefferson Street, west on Polk Street and north on Ashley Street before going south on Interstate 275 to Pinellas County.
The motorcade will take exit 23-A onto Interstate 375 in St. Petersburg and merge onto Fourth Avenue N, then go south on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Street, west on First Avenue N past the St. Petersburg Police Department, south on 16th Street N, and west on Central Avenue N before ending at Lawson Funeral Home, 4535 Central Ave.
On Thursday, a memorial service will be held at the Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College. The 6 p.m. ceremony will be open to the public.
Gordon's family will have a wake at 6 p.m. Friday at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 1301 37th St. S,
The soldier's funeral will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at the same church.