SPC Byers Remembered By Friends, Family

COEUR D'ALENE - The combat missions may be over in Iraq but America is still paying the cost. On Friday, the bodies of two soldiers killed last week in Baghad returned home.

Nathan Beyers and Nicholas Newby were members of the Idaho National Guard serving in Iraq. Byers, 24, was a husband, father and son.

When he returned at the Spokane airport, the Beyers family embraced each other tightly and took time to remember their beloved hero.

"We got two heroes coming home today," Larry Griffith said.

Men and women from the National Guard stood stoically as a flag draped over the remains of Sergeant Beyers was presented to his family who held hands as they walked to his casket.

"This honorable transfer from the army to the family of the remains of these two brave young men is a very dignified ceremony we try to make it as easy as we can for them to get through it," Tim Marsano said.

The honorable transfer brings peace in this difficult time.

"We hope that can bring some relief but we know that ultimately there is no relief," Marsano said.

Beyers leaves behind a wife and a young daughter who was born on veterans day last year.

The community is still in shock by the untimely passing of these two war heroes.

"Initially everybody is in shock because we don't often lose two folks from the same hometown area," Larry Griffith said.

Even though saying goodbye is so hard, Beyers will always be remembered a as hero.

"By all accounts Sergent Beyers was an outstanding wonderful man," Marsano said. "He died in the service of our country something that i am told he loved to do."