MILLBROOK, AL (WSFA) - Visitation for Joshua Lancaster will take place Monday at Brookside Funeral home from 9:30 a.m. until noon and his funeral will follow at Church at the Brook in Millbrook.
Friends say the 22-year-old who died serving his country in Afghanistan was a model soldier
"Josh Lancaster was an amazing guy. He's our hero. He changed his life around for the better when he joined the Army," says friend, Amber Surette.
Residents stood at attention Saturday along a stretch of Grandview Road as one of Millbrook's sons made his last return to his hometown. Twenty-two-year-old Specialist Joshua Lancaster's body was escorted by hundreds of motorcycles and greeted by a symbol close to his heart -- the American flag.
It's that heart friends say they'll miss the most.
"He was always there when I asked for help. He was there to counsel me through my problems. He was my mentor," says friend, Danilo Figureroa.
"He was a great friend to all of us out here. He had a great heart. He would do anything for anybody," adds Surette.
Lancaster served with the 52nd Ordnance group from Fort Campbell, Kentucky. His tour of duty in Afghanistan was almost over. Friends say he was two weeks away from coming home.
"Just going to miss him. Miss him a lot. He did it for a reason," says friend, Tracy Joyce.
"We had big plans for him coming home as far as the crew hanging out and stuff," adds Figureroa.
Now, loved ones face the toughest challenge of all--moving on without their hero--all the while hoping his spirit shines on and knowing he gave the ultimate price.
Lancaster's friends were actually planning his welcome home celebration when they received the call he had passed away. The soldier also leaves behind a brand new wife.