Gov. Eric Holcomb is directing residents and businesses to fly their flags at half-staff today in honor of Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez.
The 22-year-old Logansport resident was killed in the line of duty Aug. 26 when a suicide bomber with 25 pounds of explosives entered the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul, Afghanistan, where Sanchez had been stationed. The bomber took the lives of 13 military service members and around 180 Afghans. Sanchez was one of the fallen.
Prior to being stationed at the airport, Sanchez was working as an embassy guard in Jordan. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California.
Gov. Holcomb stated in a news release that he would like to honor Sanchez, who died while serving his country. On Sunday, thousands of people turned out in support of the Marine’s homecoming procession to Logansport.
The half-staff flags will coincide with the funeral services that will begin at 11 a.m. today at LifeGate Church, 831 Burlington Ave.
While the public is invited to attend the funeral, One Warrior Foundation Founder and Executive Director Misty Frost asks that people be respectful and let the family have first access to the church and seating. While the church has a capacity for up to 1,100, she expects more than that to be in attendance.
For those who do attend, Frost said to be courteous and understand how overwhelming this is for the family.
“We want people to say goodbye and share their appreciation, but please remember how this is for the family,” she said.
The Indiana State Police Peru Post is encouraging people to show support by lining streets along the path to Sanchez’s final resting place at Mount Hope Cemetery.
The procession will stop for approximately 30 seconds at Burlington Avenue and Cliff Street, where a garrison flag will be positioned.
The route from the church to the cemetery will be as follows: LifeGate Church at 831 Burlington Ave.; north or left on Burlington to garrison flag at Cliff Street; continue north to Market Street; east or right on Market Street to Sixth Street; north or left on Sixth Street to Hanna Street; east or right on Hanna to Pleasant Hill; north or left on Pleasant Hill to Grant Street, arriving at Mount Hope Cemetery.
Burial will include full military graveside rites.
A map of the procession route is available online at https://www.google.com/maps/d/edit?mid=1OSXG4rnhdU_oLL05iTdK_e0_Bg2DkVV j&usp=sharing.