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BOISE -- It was an emotional day at Gowen Field on Sunday as a fallen soldier, Nampa's Robert Dyas, was returned home.

It's called an honorable transfer of remains as a soldier who gave all is given back to his family.

There was almost total silence on the tarmac at Gowen Field as Dyas' coffin was taken off a plane and set back on the ground of his home state.

Specialist Dyas was shot and killed a week and-a-half ago in southern Afghanistan when insurgents attacked. Dyas was 21 years old.

Dyas leaves behind friends, family, and a fiancee, whom he planned to marry after his deployment. They openly wept over his flag-draped coffin before it was set in the nearby hearse.

His family described Dyas as a young man who was full of life, loved his family and was proud of the sacrifices he was making for his country.

Pride was also shown by the Patriot Guard Riders as the large group of motorcyclists escorted him off the base.

It's our honor to be here, said Lyle Frost, the senior ride captain for the Patriot Guard Riders.

They're a group of people who didn't know Dyas, but know his sacrifice, and the sacrifice of all soldiers.

I appreciate what they're doing for me now, and what they have given for me, said Frost. They've given their lives and their families.

As the procession pulled away from the base, dozens of hot rods joined in. They were more strangers-turned-friends, there to honor Dyas' love of classic cars.

They wanted to be a part of this, and honor this man, who was killed in Afghanistan, said Jack Armstrong, who helped organize the procession of cars. I just talked to Bob Dyas a little while ago, the father. He was in tears, vigorously shook my hand, and could not say 'thank you' enough.

Thank you, to man who returned a hero.

The public is invited to attend Dyas' funeral next week. That will be Tuesday, at 10:00 a.m. at the Nampa First Church of the Nazarene. Soon to follow will be interment at the Idaho State Veterans Cemetery, the final resting place for a son and brother whom his family called, 'a true hero.'

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