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Surfers honor Hawaii man killed in Afghan crash

Source: Ross Taylor | The Virginian-Pilot Source: Ross Taylor | The Virginian-Pilot
Source: Ross Taylor | The Virginian-Pilot Source: Ross Taylor | The Virginian-Pilot
Source: Ross Taylor | The Virginian-Pilot Source: Ross Taylor | The Virginian-Pilot
In this 2007 photo provided by Robert Vickers, Kraig Vickers, of Maui, Hawaii, is shown in Afghanistan. Vickers is one the 30 American service members killed when a military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Robert Vickers In this 2007 photo provided by Robert Vickers, Kraig Vickers, of Maui, Hawaii, is shown in Afghanistan. Vickers is one the 30 American service members killed when a military helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. (AP Photo/Courtesy of Robert Vickers

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) - More than 200 surfers cast flowers into the ocean off Sandbridge Beach during a ceremony honoring one of the U.S. servicemen killed aboard a downed helicopter in Afghanistan.

The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/nPPZRw ) reports that Tuesday night's ceremony, called a paddle-out, was held in the ocean just south of the Little Island Fishing Pier, near one of Kraig Vickers' favorite surfing spots.

Vickers would have turned 37 on Thursday. The Hawaii native joined the Navy in 1996 and lived in Virginia Beach with his wife, who is pregnant with their third child.

Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com

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