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One last goodbye for fallen soldier


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riends and family of
U.S. Marine Sgt. Justin Hansen gathered together today to honor his life and the legacy he leaves behind.


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We all respect the service that Justin Hanson provided his country and he gave his last full devotion by giving his life for this country

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He has given the ultimate and that is the least I can do to kind of honor him

," Community member Jenny Hlavka said.


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nd honor him they did.

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undreds waited in line to say goodbye one last time.

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nd the flag he fought to protect could be found everywhere in town.


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We are just kind of wrapping ourselves around the family for support and I think it's good for other people to noticed what kind of sacrifices the families make

," Community member Susan Raven said.


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early everyone in town took a moment to reflect on what his service meant for the country.


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For us freedom is not free and it proves it by him giving it all

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fter the funeral
Hansen was buried at Memorial Gardens Cemetary, off 14th street in Traverse City. Hansen was a 2003 graduate of Kingsley High School and joined the Marines in 2005. He served a combat tour in Iraq and was on his second posting to Afghanistan.

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