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By Juan Carlos Fanjul - bio | email

PALM CITY, FL (WFLX) - Flags and veterans greeted mourners at Forest Hills Funeral home in Palm City Monday afternoon, all in remembrance of Marine Lance Corporal Justin Wilson.

"We are a family of Marines. Their loss is also our loss. Whatever they are going through we understand," said Lou Calleja with the Marine Corps League.

The 24-year-old was killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan March 22nd during a foot patrol.

Wilson's body was returned to his hometown Sunday by a charter jet.

Hundreds of Marines, veterans and family filled the tarmac at Witham Field in Stuart.

Understandably, his family did not wish to talk to us today, but Wilson's relatives spoke to us over the weekend about the insurmountable loss.

"It's just not how you picture your 24 year old son. You picture him with a future, with kids, coming home a hero," said cousin Donna Forte.

But he did come home and all of these people, whether they knew Wilson or not, think he is a hero.

"I hope everyone treats him as a hero because he died for this country," said his father Lance Wilson.

Another viewing will be held Tuesday from 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and then on Wednesday morning Wilson will be laid to rest at Forest Hills Memorial Park in Palm City following a memorial mass at 10 a.m.

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