Yellow ribbons lined the streets of Fort Bliss, and the neighboring city of El Paso. Jean Offutt, a public affairs officer at Fort Bliss, says the entire community had been praying that, like Lynch, other members of her company would make it back safely. Those prayers were answered Sunday.
"Any tragedy brings the community together and this was a terrible tragedy for all of us. And not only did it bring the Fort Bliss family together but it also involves our entire El Paso community. They've been tremendous in supporting us," Offutt said.
The soldiers who died have already returned to Fort Bliss, and each one has been awarded the Purple Heart.
Today, they were honored, and remembered, as heroes and Americans, who made the ultimate sacrifice, and the chaplain had words of healing.
"In the eyes of God, your soldier is a prince," Hudson said to the mourners.
Members of the 507th killed were Army Pvt. Ruben Estrella-Soto, 18, of El Paso, Texas.; Army Chief Warrant Officer Johnny Villareal Mata, 35, El Paso, Texas; Army Spc. Jamaal R. Addison, 22, Roswell, Ga.; Army Pfc. Howard Johnson II, 21, of Mobile, Ala.; Spc. James Kiehl, 22, of Comfort, Texas; Army Pvt. Brandon Sloan, Bedford Heights, Ohio; Pfc. Lori Piestewa, 22, Tuba City, Ariz.; Army Sgt. Donald Walters, 33, of Salem, Ore.; and Master Sgt. Robert J. Dowdy, 38, of Cleveland.