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Community pays respects to fallen Seabee (Updated 10:10 a.m.)

The community is gathering this morning to pay respects to Chief Petty Officer Raymond Border, 31, who died last month while serving in Afghanistan.

10:10 a.m. -- Family and friends of Chief Border have arrived at the training hall for the private memorial service. His family from Ohio and here in Gulfport were escorted through a quarter-mile Seabees and base personnel. For the men and women of the U.S. Navy Seabees, their memorial was to line Marvin Shields Boulevard, standing at attention while the family passed and for several silent moments afterward.

9:30 a.m. -- Thousands of Seabees and civilian personnel are lined up along a quarter-mile stretch of Marvin Shields Boulevard to pay their respects to Border's family. The base is quiet and somber, out of character with the usually bustling training center.

9:20 a.m. -- The Patriot Guard escorted the family of Chief Border onto the Naval Construction Battalion Center, Gulfport, this morning in preparation for a memorial service that will begin at 10 a.m.

The family was taken to a reception area before another escort by the Patriot Guard to the training hall, where a private memorial service will take place. The family has requested no photos, save for one that will be taken when the Border family is presented with the Bronze Star, awarded for bravery, acts of merit, or meritorious service.

8:45 a.m. -- A memorial ceremony for his family, friends and fellow Seabees will be held at the Seabee Base.

The Patriot Guard will provide an escort and the community is asked to be along U.S. 90 and Broad Street in Gulfport from 9 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.

When the funeral was held in his hometown in Ohio, thousands of people lined the route to salute Border, his family and their sacrifice.

Read more about this story in Friday's Sun Herald.