A community prepares to say goodbye to one of their own. Marine Lance Corporal, Anthony Denier, was killed last week while serving in Afghanistan. As YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, everyone in his hometown of Mechanicville is pulling together to make sure Denier's
procession is fit for a hero.
MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. -- Veteran Joe Compo didn't know Anthony Denier personally. Regardless, he said saying goodbye will be no easy task.
"It will be very hard, I'm getting tears in my eyes now," he said.
Whether you knew Anthony Denier personally doesn't matter to the community of Mechanicville. Flags are at half staff, ribbons line the streets, and a sense of pride fills the hearts of so many touched by his sacrifice.
"He's a fellow Marine, he's one of ours, and I'm here to honor him like everyone seems to be," said Compo.
Post 91 Commander George Weber said, "We had 20 members here cleaning the post getting everything ready."
Denier was killed in Afghanistan last week, and his remains will arrive home Monday morning.
"We're expecting the plane to be in at 11:00. We're going to meet him at the airport and proceed in a precession from the airport to the legion here where he'll be laid out," said Post 1644 Commander Richard Shields.
Mayor of Mechanicville Anthony Sylvester, said, "I think this is a great way to show your respect to him, and it's something I talked with his mother, that is totally against the way he is, he was shy, quiet, didn't want to be put in the lime light, but she says he's gonna be."
And the community will forever remember him as it's humble hero.
"It gives me a lot of pride in our community, and everyone involved," said Compo.
Weber said, "It's a tragedy, I wish it never happened, but it shows how strong our community really is."
Calling hours for the fallen Marine will be on Monday from 3:00 - 7:00 pm. His funeral will also be held at Post 91, Tuesday at 11 am.