A hearse carrying the body of 24-year-old Marine Sgt. Jay Hoskins is expected to make the six-mile journey Thursday from a local airstrip to a funeral home in Paris, about 90 miles northeast of Dallas.
Hoskins died last week with two fellow Marines when a roadside bomb exploded in Farah province.
The city's Kiwanis Club is distributing 500 large flags on 10-foot poles, and the football coach at the local high school told The Paris News that he expects hundreds of students to line the route.
The funeral procession is expected to include all local law enforcement agencies and Patriot Guard motorcycle riders.