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Family, friends and strangers attend Florida funeral for Army Spc. Justin Coleman, who died in Afghanistan

SPRING HILL — Dozens of mourners filled a Spring Hill funeral home Monday morning to remember 21-year-old Army Spc. Justin Dean Coleman, who was killed July 24 during a firefight in a remote area near the Afghanistan-Pakistan border. After a brief service, a long procession of mourners led by 113 motorcyclists passed through Hernando County en route to Florida National Cemetery near Bushnell. Crowds of people stood waving American flags on the motorcade's route along U.S. 19 and State Road 50 through the heart of Hernando County. Military officials presented Coleman's family with American flags during the ceremony at the cemetery. Coleman's widow, Nicole, wore his dog tags around her wrist. Coleman's body was laid to rest just five paces from Army Pfc. Cody Clark Grater of Spring Hill, who died in Iraq almost exactly a year earlier.

Family, friends and strangers attend Florida funeral for Army Spc. Justin Coleman, who died in Afghanistan 08/03/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 3, 2009 7:55pm]
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