A Heartland Hero is laid to rest and an entire community turns out to support his family.
Brandon Buttry was killed in Kandahar Province, Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Army. Today Shenandoah mourned for Brandon and supported his family.
Brandon Buttry's casket arrived at the church shortly before 10AM but the town's preparations for his funeral began days ago. Seven-hundred flags lined the route from funeral home to church and out to the cemetery. Many of the people in Shenandoah have turned out to show their respect.
Alli Rolf and Jamie Roush organized the outpouring of support outside of the church. They started a Facebook page and an hour later they had 600 people signed on to make and carry signs of support for the Buttry family.
Alli Rolf says, "This is the best part of living in a small town; everybody pulls together and we take care of our own."
Two of those who came out to support the family; Darian Slater and Ashley Hummel are students in nearby Sidney. Their Social Studies teacher is Brandon's older brother.
The girls felt it was important to show the family they care.
Ashley Hummel says, "I felt like it was important to come and support my Social Studies teacher and honor the sacrifice his brother made."
Darian Slater says, "Just the fact that we're here and helping out in the best way that we can."
Hundreds joined in; whether it was along the route to the church or cemetery. Or at the graveside service southwestern Iowa showed its thanks for a sacrifice made for us all.
The Buttry family is huge; 14 children including Brandon are adopted. They are turning to each other for the support they need but more Shenandoah and the surrounding communities will step up to help.