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Body of fallen Oklahoma Guardsman returns home

Posted at 7:02 AM, Mar 25, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-25 08:02:26-04

TULSA, Okla. — A hometown hero will arrive in Oklahoma for the last time.

The community is being asked to show support for the former Owasso High School graduate and the family, as the world also deals with the unforeseen circumstances of the global pandemic.

Technical Sergeant Marshal Roberts was killed in Iraq on March 11, with the Oklahoma National Guard.

His body is expected to arrive at the Tulsa Air National Guard Base at 9:15 Wednesday morning.

The Air National Guard is asking for Oklahomans to post videos and pictures to honor Tech Sgt. Roberts and let his family know he is not forgotten.

Jane Horton, a member of the Gold Star Wives of America and advocate for military families, lost her husband when he was serving overseas in 2011.

Her biggest concern is that because of the pandemic, this family and Tech Sgt. Roberts, will not get the support they deserve because of the current restrictions on gatherings.

"Support, you know, don’t forget about them and the number one thing families want is for their loved one to be honored and remembered, we don’t want them to be forgotten about," said Horton. "And the thing about the fallen is that if we don’t give them a face, if we don’t give them a name, no one will know they existed."

To show support Wednesday, you can use #TSGTMarshalRoberts on social media.

And if you’re able to, you can line the streets outside Floral Haven Funeral Home.

The procession route will be going from 46th Street North to 61st Street on Highway 169.

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