ANNA, IL --"When that uniform walks up to your doorstep, you just know you've lost your soldier. When you hear that, you feel like you lost part of your soul," said Randy Romines, the father of fallen solider Sgt. Brian Romines of Anna.
The family of fallen soldier Sgt. Brian Romines has a message, they say, Americans should put their support behind our troops. It's a message coming as the family is not only dealing with the loss of their son and brother, but now, word that a Kansas hate group might cause trouble at his funeral.
Still, Brian Romines' parents and siblings aren't even thinking about the possibility of protests instead, they're focusing all of their attention on giving Brian a funeral, they hope, will make all Americans proud.
"Brian died a proud soldier. He was proud of his country. He had a very tough job. He was a gunner. He was one of the first ones out, most of the time. I can't imagine being 20 years old and having that type of dedication," said Randy Romines, Brian's father.
"Brian always looked up to his older brother. Randalll knew that and he always took care of little brother," said Randy Romines.
"It's more about respect and honor for him right now for what he did for the country, and after the funeral, I'll sit down with the family and I'll have my time," said Randall.
The Romines family reminds anyone attending Brian's funeral to remember it's purpose, to pay tribute to the life of Sgt. Romines.
Also, the group of 80 motorcycle riders and family friends, who rode in the motorcade, will also be at the graveside memorial service on Saturday. The group will allow enough space between their bikes to represent the "loss of a fallen rider."