ORWIGSBURG, Pa. - Hundreds lined the streets of a small Schuylkill County town on Wednesday to salute a soldier who made the ultimate sacrifice.
A procession carrying the body of Captain Jason B. Jones, 29, made a stop in the hero's hometown of Orwigsburg shortly after noon.
Flags lined the streets for miles, and were held proudly by dozens of supporters near the town's square.
"I'm just so overwhelmed and just so thankful that people care," said Suzy Jones, mother of the fallen hero. "I'm just speechless. It's just so heartwarming."
Suzy Jones and other family members were met with applause and cheers as they stood together, united near a downtown memorial of flowers and photos.
Motorcyclists led the procession, which stopped briefly beneath a flag hung from an arch formed by two ladder trucks.
"I'm at a loss for words. I'm only speaking because Jason can't and I wish he could. He would tell you what those guys do over there... they're risking their lives everyday." said Jones. "They believe in America."
According to the Department of Defense, Capt. Jones was killed June 2nd in Afghanistan, during a small-arms fire fight.
Serving as commander of a Special Forces A-Team, Capt. Jones deployed in April of this year. He had previously served in Iraq.
"Jason really believed in what he was doing," said Suzy, noting that her son had dreamed of serving his country since childhood.
He is survived by father, Jay, sister, Lizzy, and wife, Amy, whom he married less than a year ago.
"He was my hero. He was my little boy, and I'm glad that I could give him to this country," said Suzy.
From Orwigsburg, the procession traveled to the Lord-Bixler Funeral home in Pottsville, where it will continue next Tuesday, June 17 to West Point for an honors ceremony.
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