LOGANSPORT, Ind. (WPTA21) - Thousands of people turned out Sunday morning along the route that will see the return of fallen Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez to his hometown.
A military procession is bringing his remains to Logansport, his northern Indiana hometown.
The procession is the first in a series of events that will include memorial services and burial for the 22-year-old, who died in a terrorist attack in Kabul in the waning days of the U.S. military presence in Afghanistan.
ABC21 crews are documenting that procession, and reporter Vince Lovergine will have reports in newscasts Sunday night.
The Indiana Patriot Guard helped organize this motorcycle escort ride for Sanchez. State Captain John Petro said 8,000 bikes participated in the ride.
Petro says he was honored to be a part of this.
"Knowing the fact that we have this young marine home, one final time for his mother, that is satisfaction, that we brought him home," Petro said.
ABC21 also talked with other riders who came from across the country and their message was evident.
"We want the world to know that we stand behind our country. We love our country, we love our soldiers, we love everything about it. That's why we're here, plain and simple," Edon, Ohio resident John Chapin said.
"It is great that he served his country as well as he has and he's one of our local hero's. We need to support and respect him and show him we understand," Sellersburg, Kentucky resident Spike Samuels said.
Thousands of people lined the streets with American flags, signs, and so much more to show there support.
As announced last week, Sanchez’s body was scheduled to arrive Sunday morning at Grissom Air Reserve Base near Peru. The procession will then head to Logansport, where it will briefly stop under a large garrison flag in the city’s downtown area, according to Indiana State Police.
The State Captain of the Indiana Patriot Guard Riders told ABC21 he expected 2,000 riders from various states to join in a motorcycle tribute to the fallen Marine.
"These men and women put on these uniforms and go to war for us and to give us the freedoms we have," John Petro said.
Logansport is also honoring Sanchez through an arts project that will adorn several buildings with his likeness.