This story was produced in partnership with Columbia Faith and Values.
About one month ago, the Rev. Carol McEntyre started as senior pastor at First Baptist Church in Columbia.
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.
The Patriot Guard placed flags around First Baptist Church on Broadway in downtown Columbia in preparation for the funeral of Spc. Sterling Wyatt.
Wyatt died July 11 while on duty in Afghanistan. Groups of supporters lined the streets of Columbia Thursday during a procession from Columbia Regional Airport to Wyatt's home.