A wake for Sergeant Peter Andrew McKenna will be held Sunday in Warren as family and friends prepare for his burial on Monday.
McKenna was an army Green Beret, who was killed last week in Afghanistan. His death at the age of 35 followed a suicide bombing in Kabul.
Known to friends by his middle name, Andrew, McKenna was born in Bristol, where flags now line the streets in his honor.
Bristol Representative Ray Gallison described the mood there and in the neighboring town of Warren as somber.
"People in the town are very aware of this, and both communities are just so sad," said Gallison. "The grief that’s come over the two towns, it’s just terrible."
McKenna served nearly two decades in the military, and was honored with a Bronze star. He’s been recommended for a posthumous Silver Star, and a Purple Heart.