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UPDATED: Procession for Fallen Loganville Airman's Family Today at 4:30

Local residents, military veterans and old friends expected to come together in community-wide show of support.

Loganville will come to a standstill this afternoon as the community prepares to say goodbye to one of its finest sons.

The family of a in Afghanistan will be escorted through town at 4:30 p.m. on their way to his Memorial Service. Maj. W. David Gray, 38, was killed when a suicide bomb was detonated in the Kundar Providence of Afghanistan on Aug. 8. He leaves behind a wife and three young children.

His formal funeral was held on Friday, Aug. 18 in Colorado Springs, Colo.  He will be interred at Arlington National Cemetery in Northern Virginia on Friday, Aug. 24.  A Memorial Sevice at is scheduled for 6 p.m. tonight.

The family will be escorted by to the Memorial Service site at about 4:30 p.m. Friends of the family are asking for local people to show their support by lining Highway 78 from Old Loganville Road to Highway 81 south.  Many businesses along the route will be displaying support by lowering flags to half mast and messages on marquee signs.

Former classmates of Gray's days at are planning to gather in the parking lot for this afternoon's procession, according to fellow class of '92 alum Carolyn Woods. Gray roamed the halls from 1988 till his graduation in 1992.

This is not the first time Loganville will show an outpouring of support for it's military families. In August 2005, residents massed from Snellville, through Loganville, to the Youth burial site of 23-year-old Army Sgt. Mike Stokely. Last December, the community once again showed up to see injured Sgt. Mark Allen home.

Friends ask that the public and media respect the family's privacy by allowing them to gather privately between the procession and the service.

Karen Tolmich August 21, 2012 at 09:00 PM
Great job Loganville!! I'm proud to live here. I hope the family finds comfort seeing all those that honored him.
Donnie August 21, 2012 at 09:11 PM
Thank You for the sacrifice you made for my family! You will NEVER be forgotten. God Bless- DK Proctor
Karen August 21, 2012 at 09:44 PM
May God Bless this family, my prayers are with them all. Very good turnout at Kroger in Loganville, I was in tears on the side of the road. Kudos to the Patriot Guard riders, they were certainly out in mass.
Sharon Swanepoel August 21, 2012 at 10:13 PM
Such a sad occasion, but so proud Loganville stepped up again.
Tammy Osier August 22, 2012 at 01:20 AM
This is always so sad, but a very somber moment for everyone. When we stood out on the streets for Mike Stokley's family, my son, at that time, in Baghdad. This still hits home. Much peace and restoration for the family.

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