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Nov 3, 2010 7:18 PM by MIKE MAGNOLI

Funeral & Burial For Spc. Steven Dupont

A Milton native whose life was cut short by an IED in Afghanistan is sent to his final resting place today as a hero.

As KATC's Mike Magnoli discovered people drove in from all over the state to pay their final respects for Army Specialist Steven Dupont.
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Crowds lined Verot School road, people with flags in hand and heavy hearts, they're waiting for a glimpse of the hearse carrying 20 year old Specialist Steven Dupont.

At CVS, dozens of mourners pulled in to park and wait.

"To see so many people to honor him is awesome," said Sgt. Anna Sanders to our camera.

Sanders is a Vietnam veteran. She's wearing her Air Force uniform and she's come all the way from Baton Rouge to stand at attention for the young man from Milton.

There were a lot of american flags this morning, but by far and away the most impressive was at the church and it took two ladder trucks from the Lafayette Fire Dept to hold it up.

"Steven's life was to serve, when I was his youth minister that's always what I knew he wanted to do- serve."

The sun dipped in and out of the clouds during the procession and Dupont's casket passed under the archway of stripes and bright stars.

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