Sgt. Gregory Owens Jr. Fallen Hero Soldier's Funeral Services
August 01, 2009 - Army Sergeant Gregory Owens Jr., 24, of Garland, TX, died July 20, 2009 in Wardak Province, Afghanistan, of wounds suffered when an improvised explosive device detonated near their vehicle followed by an attack from enemy forces using small arms and rocket-propelled grenade fires.
On July 29th his remains were flown to Carswell NAS in Ft. Worth. His family was escorted by members of the Patriot Guard of Texas, off base as military and civilian personnel lined the streets in a respectful salute.
A viewing was held on the evening of the 30th. That night I met Mr. & Mrs. Owens and given permission to take a photos and video of the funeral to share with other grateful American citizens.
Approximately 300 friends, family and close associates came to celebrate Sgt Owens life. A diverse group of people, made proclamations, recounted their fondest memories of him, and spoke of his character. His younger brother delivered a moving eulogy. US Army representatives posthumously, awarded Sgt. Owens with a Bronze Star for valor and the Purple Heart for wounds sustained in battle. A Southern Baptist minister delivered a high energy sermon. A small choir gave beautiful performances of southern gospel music.
The celebration concluded with, retired Army Gregory Owens Sr., his father, delivered an uplifting message to the audience. As the two-hour service concluded family and friends lined up to ring the Texas size bell, in honor of a local hero.