Silent, with American flags waving above them, hundreds stood in front of the St. Petersburg Police Station Wednesday to honor a St. Pete fallen hero, SPC Brittany Gordon.
Gordon, 24, was killed on Oct. 13 in Kandahar, Afghanistan, from wounds suffered when enemy forces attacked her unit with an improvised explosive device. She is the daughter of St. Petersburg assistant police chief Cedric Gordon and Brenda Gordon.
The motorcade passed under a giant American flag hung between two fire trucks on the way to Lawson Funeral Home.
Wednesday's motorocade, which started from MacDill Air Force Base at noon, marked the first of three remembrances in St. Petersburg this weekend.
- A memorial service for Army Spc. Brittany Gordon will be held at 6 p.m. Thursday, in the Wireman Chapel at Eckerd College, 4200 54th Ave. The public is invited.
- The wake service for Army Spc. Brittany Gordon will be held at 6 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26 at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 1301 37th St. S.
- The funeral service for Army Spc. Brittany Gordon will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 27 at St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church, 1301 37th St. S.
Last week, Police Chief Chuck Harmon released a statement after hearing the news of Gordon's death.
"This loss is devastating. Our thoughts and prayers are with Chief Gordon and his family during this time of unimaginable grief. We know that the coming days will be extremely difficult and we will stand by ready to offer our support to Chief Gordon and his family in whatever manner possible.
"I know that Chief Gordon was extremely proud of Brittany and all that she accomplished in her life. Her life of service and especially service to her country stand as a testament to the type of person she was."
Gordon was assigned to the 572 Military Intelligence Company, 2nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 2nd Infantry Division, Joint Base Lewis McChord, Washington.