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Upstate soldier laid to rest

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SIMPSONVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

An Upstate soldier was laid to rest Saturday afternoon.

Many thousands of people from across South Carolina lined the streets in honor of Simpsonville native, Pfc. Justin Whitmire, who was laid to rest with full military honors.

"I hope that it brought some joy to their heart to see all these people out here today to support their family and the fallen soldier," said Joshua Norton, of Westminster, S.C.

The twenty year-old army medic was killed in Afghanistan just seventeen days after he arrived, when the car he was in hit an IED.

Patriot Guard members said the ceremonies made for the largest military funeral - ever - in South Carolina. They said it's because of who Pfc. Whitmire was, and what he stood for. The motorcyclists escorted the family, and kept the atmosphere patriotic. "Honor, respect and dignity for a fallen soldier," said Patriot Guard member, Ross Erwin. "We stand for those who stood for us."

Pfc. Whitmire's uncle, and member of the Patriot Guard, told Fox Carolina he wanted to share his family's sincere appreciation for the many thousands who showed up, American flag in hand, to remember and respect their son, and this country.

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