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Hundreds line route as fallen Marine comes home

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BRANDON, MS (Mississippi News Now) -

The body of the Brandon native and Marine who was killed in the line of duty while serving in Afghanistan is now home.

The remains of Staff Sergeant Jason Rogers arrived at Thompson Air Field around 2:00 Thursday afternoon.

Marines from Company C, Anti-Terrorism Battalion, 4th Marine Division in Jackson provided an honor guard for plane-side honors.

In an impressive ceremony, hundreds of military personnel and civilians gathered on the tarmac on the military side of the airport to join the family of the Brandon High School graduate to observe his body coming home for the last time.

The casket was in a chartered Falcon jet aircraft, which flew it here from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware.

Rogers' family said he joined the Marines after 9/11 because he said he had to do something to make a difference.

His best friend was patrolman Bo Luckey of the Brandon Police Department.

"Jason was not the type that would want to sit by and watch people work," Luckey told WLBT News. "He wanted to help and make a difference in life, and he served his country the best he could. And he did a very good job of doing that."

Hundreds of people lined up all along the route from the airport to the funeral home in a show of respect.

Visitation will be held at Pinelake Baptist Church in Brandon Friday night from 6 until 9. Rogers' funeral service will also be held at the church at 3 Saturday afternoon, with interment at the new Brandon cemetery.

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