A crowd gathers before the funeral of Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt on July 21 at First Baptist Church on Broadway. Wyatt died earlier this month in Afghanistan, and thousands of community members gathered in red shirts to support the family.
Credit Kellie Kotraba/ColumbiaFAVS
People in red shirts line Broadway in preparation for the funeral procession of Army Spc. Sterling Wyatt from First Baptist Church to the cemetery. After the service at the church, community members spread themselves out along the route.
Columbia came together on Saturday to remember a fallen soldier. A radical protest group had said it would be in town for the funeral, but it was overshadowed. The event was much more than a response to a protest.
Scores of people showed up to Shepard Boulevard Elementary in Columbia Friday afternoon to line the streets with American flags along the route to the home of the family of Sterling Wyatt, who was killed by an IED in Afghanistan Wednesday. Wyatt’s family is expected to return home Friday night after retrieving his body. Listen to the audio postcard above to hear from those at the event, including Wyatt's grandmother.