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J. W. Reed of Edmond salutes as he stands stands beside his son's truck, which has an American flag attached to the front bumper. Reed, an Army veteran who served in Vietnam, came to the funeral with his son and a few of his son's friends "to honor and to pay our respects to a soldier and his family." They are part of a unit that calls themselves Oklahoma Convoy and they often attend the funerals of soldiers, according to Reed. Celebration of Life service for US Army SSgt. Rex L. Schad at LifeChurch.tv in Edmond Thursday afternoon, March 21, 2013. Schad was killed earlier this month while conducting a patrol brief with the Afghanistan National Police. He is a 2005 graduate of Edmond Memorial High School. Photo by Jim Beckel, The Oklahoman