Denham Springs welcomes home a fallen Marine

Louisiana Marine killed during training exercise received a hero's welcome home
Source: Kevin Frey/WAFB
Source: Kevin Frey/WAFB

DENHAM SPRINGS, LA (WAFB) - Hundreds of Denham Springs residents lined the streets Friday to welcome home a local fallen Marine.

"I am here to honor our fallen hero," said Brooke Stroughter, a student at Denham Springs Elementary School who was joined by her mother on the roadside, a large American flag in hand.

The body of Cpl. Bryan Lauw was transported in a police and military processional to his home town from Kenner.  Lauw's body arrived at the New Orleans airport on Friday afternoon.

Lauw was killed in a training accident last week at Camp Pendleton Marine Base outside San Diego, California.

"He gave his life for all of us to be here," said resident Angela King. "Denham Springs and Baton Rouge are a big community and we all like to join together to support our fellow fallen soldiers."

The Denham Springs fire team raised a large American flag over Range Avenue with two ladder trucks forming an arch over the roadway.

"It's a patriotic bunch of people who love this country, love the servicemen that fight and die for it and we don't mind taking a few moments out of our life to come and do this," said a local motorcyclist, there with many other cyclists. "It's the least we can do."

The processional arrived in Denham Springs and passed under the fire department's flag close to 8:30 p.m.

Their hearts heavy, many people on the roadside carried flashlights to guide Lauw on the last leg of his journey

The funeral for Lauw is scheduled for Saturday

Visitation is from 9 a.m. until a service at 2 p.m. at the Amite Baptist Church, located at 7100 Amite Church Rd Denham Springs, La. 70706. Brother Michael Luce will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made on behalf of Cpl. Bryan Lauw to the Wounded Warrior Project or to the GoFundMe account for the MoMs of Camp Pendleton.

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