Family and friends of U.S. Army Sgt. La David Johnson, and even some who didn't know him, are preparing to say their final goodbyes to the nation's hero, who was among four soldiers killed in Niger.
Johnson's body was at Fred Hunter's Funeral Home Friday in Hollywood where the body was transported to earlier this week.
The South Florida soldier who was killed in an ambush attack in Africa returned home on Tuesday.
The Delta flight carrying the 25-year-old Army sergeant's body landed at Miami International Airport to a water cannon salute from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue as the plane taxied to the gate.
As his casket emerged from the cargo area of the plane draped in an American flag, his young, pregnant widow, Myeisha Johnson, laid herself over it, crying, with their young daughter by her side.
It has undoubtedly been a difficult week for La David Johnson's grieving loved ones, leading up to this weekend when they invite the public to join them in saying their final goodbyes.
The public viewing will be held Friday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Christ the Rock Church in Cooper City.
His funeral service will be held Saturday at the same church from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Following the funeral, there will be a procession from the church back to the funeral home in Hollywood.
The Hollywood Fire Department will fly an American flag at the entrance to the cemetery as the procession makes its way in.
The U.S. has launched an investigation into the deadly ambush that killed Johnson and 3 other U.S. troops.
U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, called for a congressional investigation into the circumstances surrounding his death.
This BBSNews article originally appeared on News | WPLG.