Sgt. 1st Class Bryan Hoover / by Justin Merriman

An honor guard carries the flag-draped casket of Army Sgt.1st Class Bryan Hoover, 29, of West Elizabeth, during funeral services for the soldier at Round Hill Cemetery in Elizabeth on Tuesday, June 22, 2010. Hoover was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 110th Infantry Regiment, Pennsylvania National Guard, Connellsville, Pa. He died June 11 at FOB Bullard, Afghanistan, from wounds sustained when insurgents attacked his unit using an improvised explosive device. His father Melvin "Sam" Hoover received the flag off of his son's casket and knelt down beside it to say his final goodbyes.