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Hundreds Gather in to Celebrate Life of U. S. Army Sergeant

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- The Patriot Guard rider lined the driveway at Greenlawn East Funeral Home for family members, friends and fellow soldiers to pass through on their way into the funeral for U. S. Army Sergeant/Special Agent Joseph Peters.
I want to make sure my husband is remembered as a hero.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. -- Hundreds of people gathered in Springfield today to celebrate the life of a Springfield soldier.

The Patriot Guard rider lined the driveway at Greenlawn East Funeral Home for family members, friends and fellow soldiers to pass through on their way into the funeral.

Twenty-four-year old U. S. Army Sergeant/Special Agent Joseph Peters was killed October Sixth when his unit was attacked in Afghanistan.

Peters' wife told KOLR10 he was just two weeks away from coming home. Peters was assigned to the Army's Criminal Investigation command.

Dozens of members of the Patriot Guard rode their motorcycles in the procession and stood at attention with flags and draped a giant flag over Highway 65 for the procession and the public to see on their way to the Missouri Veterans Cemetery south of Springfield.

Just after Sergeant Peter’s death we exchanged messages with his wife Ashley about Peters dedication to country and his family, including his beloved son, twenty-month-old Gabriel.

Saturday family, friends and fellow soldiers paid their respects.

Ashley Peters told us what people should remember most about her husband is that he was a hero.
The sky was gray and there was a chill in the air but that did not keep those hundreds from attending the after funeral service at the Missouri Veterans Cemetery Springfield.

Soldiers, currently serving and retired from every branch, along with family members and friends flooded the small chapel and stood on the hill surrounding.

Taps played throughout the rolling hills of the cemetery signaling Sergeant Peter’s final resting place.

After Saturday's services a retired member of the Criminal Investigation Command said they are like one big family and they will do all they can to take care of the Peters family.

Peters was deployed twice to Iraq and once to Afghanistan. Peters was a 2007 graduate of Republic High School. Ashley and Sergeant Joseph Peters were high school sweethearts, Ashley told KOLR10.

Friends and fellow soldiers raised thousands of dollars for the Peters family when his death coincided with the government shutdown debacle and Peter’s death benefits were held up. Though benefits were eventually paid, the fundraisers vowed the additional funds would go to Ashley Peters and their son Gabriel.

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