Army Specialist Brittany Gordon gave the ultimate sacrifice, standing tall in a far off place to protect her country.
On Saturday family, friends and others whose lives she touched stood up for her.
St. Mark Missionary Baptist in St. Petersburg was packed for the 24-year-old soldier's memorial service. On October 13th the 2006 St. Petersburg High School graduate was killed by a suicide bomber.
"If that suicide bomber would've known that was Brittany Gordon he would've turned around because he knew he was going to hurt too many people back here," said Brittany's Uncle Thomas Gordon Jr. "That's how I get through this."
Brittany signed on with the Army a couple years after graduation. Even while serving in a combat zone she never lost her sense of humor. Brittany's bright smile ensured her out-going personality always shined through.
"Brittany was valid she was reliable and she was what? The real deal," said former St. Petersburg administrator Goliath Davis.
Her parents also reflected on her life both grieving but also proud. Brittany's father – Cedric Frank Gordon - is St. Pete's Assistant Chief of Police.
"It is not fair for a child to die," said Brenda Thompson, Brittany's mother. "It is out of the natural order this is a painful experience but my faith remains my anchor."
The parents traveled to Delaware to retrieve Brittany's remains a few days after she was killed.
"I can see Brittany ascending up to heaven and she's saying I don't need that Nissan Murano anymore but I love you anyway," Cedric Gordon added.
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