FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. -- Approximately 1,000 people lined the streets of downtown Flagstaff Friday morning to pay their respects to a Marine who was killed in Afghanistan last month.
Staff Sgt. Jonathan D. Davis, of Kayenta, died Feb. 22 during combat operations in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. He was assigned to support Operation Enduring Freedom.
His body was taken from the Flagstaff airport in a procession through town to his memorial service.
Marine Cpl. Phillip Scavo saluted as the hearse drove by him.
"Just paying respects to a fellow Marine," Scavo said. "I think it's great that the community's here and all the veterans organizations. I just think it's nice that even away from Camp Pendleton, there's still Marines and veterans here to represent and show respect to a fallen veteran."
"I'm here as well to pay my respects to a fallen hero," said Alex Davenport, a former sergeant with the U.S. Marine Corps. "We've been at war for a long time in Afghanistan and it's really nice to see the community come out even after all this time, to see all the people lining the streets with American flags, showing their respects, and that's why I am here."
Robert Rowley took his two young sons, who are Boy Scouts, to watch the procession.
"We're here to honor the Marine that was killed in Afghanistan, one of our own here in Arizona and Coconino County," Rowley said.
Rowley said he wanted his sons to know that "this is a special thing to be part of and an honor to salute somebody who has died as a hero for our country."
Davis was assigned to Headquarters Battalion, 32nd Georgian Liaison Team, Regimental Combat Team 7, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.
In a statement, Gov. Jan Brewer said, "It is with sorrow that I ask my fellow Arizonans to join me in honoring the life, service and sacrifice of a fallen hero. As we pay respect and tribute to him, let this tragedy serve as a reminder of the peril our men and women in uniform encounter on a daily basis. Let us never take for granted the daily sacrifices made by our troops and their families. Please join me in praying for the loved ones of Staff Sgt. Davis, and please continue to pray for the safety and security of the United States Armed Forces."