A U.S. Marine Corps crew transfers the remains of the Marine Corps Lance CPL. Delaware Air Force Base, Rancho Kukamongar Dylan R. Merola, California in Delaware. Merola was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. (Via Jason Minto / US Air Force Getty Images)
Covina, Calif. – A public funeral service for the Marine Lance CPL was held on 2 Sep September at Forest Lawn Covina Hills. Dylan R. Merola, one of 13 service members killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan
Merola’s body was taken in a procession from Ontario International Airport on Tuesday and by road to his hometown of Rancho Cuakamonga – including a pass from his alma ma Los Osos High School – finally arriving at Forest Lawn in preparation for Sunday’s service.
Thousands of people lined the sidewalks and freeway overpasses along the procession route, many of them holding American flags.
“It’s a sad day,” Upland resident Mark Barton told NBC4. “I have a son who has spent eight years of his life in and out of Afghanistan. A part of me feels blessed that I still have him with me. ”
Merola, 20, 2 Aug. An attack on Kabul airport killed 10 more Marines, a U.S. Navy corpsman and a U.S. Army soldier, including more than 100 Afghans.
Two more Southland Marines – Lance CPL. Karim Grant Nicoi, 20, Norco, and CPL. Hunter Lopez, 22, of Indio, also died in the attack.
“You’ve got these little kids, ages 19, 20, 21, they work to help more than a million people survive the Taliban’s oppression and they’re gone,” Burton said.
The public funeral for Merola was scheduled for 2:30 a.m. Sunday at the Forest Lawn Shrine, 21300 Via Verde St., followed by a private burial service.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times