The community of Centerville started to come together Thursday to remember a fallen hero.
Master Sergeant Travis Riddick, 40, was serving in Afghanistan last Thursday, when his helicopter crashed, killing him and five other service members. The cause of the crash is still under investigation.
Thursday afternoon, hundreds of volunteers showed up at the main fire station in Centerville, prepared to distribute more than 2000 American Flags.
Max Ervin, an American Veteran, and a member of the local American Legion Chapter, shared his thoughts about Riddick and what he meant to the community.
â??As a veteran, this is probably one of the greatest things you will ever see. All of the vets deserve this when they come home. Whether posthumously or whether they are coming home from combat, they deserve this. This young man is a major loss to this community even though he wasnâ??t living here. We all grew up with him. We all knew him and his family,â?? said Ervin.
According to Ervin, during Riddickâ??s career, he had the honor of flying Marine One, the helicopter devoted to The President of the United States. Riddick served two presidents during his tour of duty on this specific assignment, a great honor for any Marine.
The Lange Funeral Home in Centerville told KTVO Wednesday evening that Riddickâ??s remains will arrive at the Ottumwa Regional Airport between 3:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. on Friday, January 27th.
A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Saturday at the funeral home.
The funeral is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. on Sunday at the Simon Estes Auditorium at Centerville High School.