Community plans to welcome home specialist Kelly J. Mixon, a Fernandina Beach graduate, killed during an attack in Afghanistan.
Mixon was assigned to the 3rd Squadron, 2nd Stryker Cavalry Regiment, Vilseck, Germany. He joined the Army two years ago, where he was trained as a sniper.
His body is currently at Dover Air Force Base in Delaware and should be arriving at the Jacksonville Airport at approximately 5:14 PM on Saturday, December 18th, 2010. If you are interested in coming out to line the street to welcome Kelly home, please plan on lining Atlantic Ave from 8th Street east-bound, towards Oxley Heard Funeral Home. You are welcome to bring a candle, flashlight or flameless luminary with you as evening will be upon us.
The Jacksonville Sheriffs Office, the Nassau County Sheriffs Department, the Fernandina Beach Police Department, Patriot Guard Riders, American Legion Riders, Jacksonville Airport, Nassau County and Fernandina Beach Fire and Rescue Departments will be participating to escort our fallen brother back to Fernandina Beach, and to Oxley Heard Funeral Home. The procession is anticipated to arrive on the island between 6:15 and 6:45 PM on Saturday.
If you are interested in lining the streets on Sunday afternoon before the 2:00 PM funeral service to show your respect and gratitude, please feel free to do so. The route that will be taken at 12:40 PM on Sunday, December 19th, will be from Oxley Heard Funeral Home (1305 Atlantic Avenue) west-bound on Atlantic Avenue; then south-bound on 8th Street to First Baptist Church (1600 South 8th Street).
For more information please click on Oxley Heard’s website for the most updated information.
Mixon was married and a graduate of Fernandina Beach High School where he enjoyed being part of the FBHS Band. Before deploying, Kelly was a previous member of the Jaguars D-Line, and friends say he was at the November 11 game, when the Jaguars honored the military and veterans. He enjoyed being home with his family for Thanksgiving; he loved music and was an accomplished chef.
American Legion Post 54 Notice
In Honor of Specialist Kelly Mixon
The American Legion family will be gathering at the Post this Sunday to coordinate a flag line to stand along the route from Oxley-Heard Funeral Home to the Baptist Church on 8th Street, to show honor and respect to this fallen hero, his widow and family.
I urge ALL Auxiliary members, family and friends, to gather at the Post this Sunday around 12:30. We simply must honor this fallen hero and his family, IT IS WHO WE ARE, IT IS WHAT WE DO. You are encouraged to wear your Auxiliary colors and bring a flag, if you have one (there will be a few extras available at the Legion).