LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WLFI) - The remains of Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez have been returned home on Sept. 12 to a Logansport funeral home. Cpl. Sanchez was among the 13 killed in the suicide bombing at Harmid Karzi International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan.
Along the way, thousands from Logansport and around the state gathered along the funeral procession pathway to honor and pay respects to the fallen soldier. The procession left Grissom Air Reserve Base around 11 a.m. and made about a 17 mile journey into Logansport.
Every stretch of the drive was lined with servicemen, first-responders, and civilians, many holding American flags. Following the hearse were well over 7,000 motorcyclists riding in Cpl. Sanchez's honor.
"It doesn't matter what race, what creed, what religion, we're all brothers and sisters," said Logansport resident and 10 year veteran Steven Myers.
"No matter how hard they try, they can't kill the American spirit. The more they push, the more they pressure, the more we come out," said Myers.
Marines from Communication Company, Detachment 1, Combat Logistics Regiment 45 at Grissom performed the dignified transfer from the arriving aircraft to the awaiting hearse where he was transported to a Logansport Indiana funeral home.
The dignified transfer is not a ceremony; rather, it is a solemn movement of the transfer case by a carry team composed of military personnel from the fallen member's respective service. A dignified transfer is conducted for every U.S. military member who dies in the theater of operation while in the service of their country. A senior ranking officer of the fallen member's service presides over each dignified transfer.