LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WISH) — The body of Marine Corporal Humberto Sanchez was transported back to his home town of Logansport on Sunday after he was killed along with 12 other U.S. service members in an attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan.
The streets in Logansport were lined with patriotic colors and American flags as far as the eye could see on Sunday morning as the body of the 22-year-old Marine was brought home.
The body of the fallen Marine arrived at Grissom Air Force Base in Miami County on Sunday morning and was then transported to Logansport.
“You know, 1% of our country steps up and serves the military, and they should be honored,” said Bryan Hatcher, who attended the procession.
The reasons that brought each person to the procession varied. For some, they come from a line of former and current military members and understand this very well could have been their family suffering the loss.
“As a mother, it means so much. I cannot imagine what his mother is going through. It is heartbreaking for me that she lost her child,” said Carla Thomas, another attendee at the procession.
For others, they are veterans themselves and consider Sanchez a brother through their military branch.
“I wanted to come down here and support a marine that we lost that we shouldn’t have lost. I will always support my country. I will always support the Marine Corps and all of the services that support this country,” said Mike Line, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who attended the procession.
Flags were blowing in the wind and spectators stood at attention as the body of the Marine who gave his life in the name of freedom was brought to his final resting place.
“I think that it is very important that we do stand up and show that we do respect those that have served and that have paid the ultimate sacrifice,” said Thomas.
While they may not have known Sanchez personally, a tear was brought to the eyes of many as the young man was brought home one final time.
“Seeing the miles and miles of all these people today is really good for the heart,” said Grant Blockelman, another attendee.
Visitation is scheduled for Monday from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. at LifeGate Church in Logansport. The funeral is set for Tuesday at 11 a.m., also at the church.