Posted at: 12/11/2012 5:54 PM
Updated at: 12/11/2012 10:40 PM
By: Mark Mulholland
MECHANICVILLE - Marine Lance Cpl. Anothony Denier was just 26 years old. He was killed Sunday December 2 in Helmand province, Afghanistan.
Much of his hometown came to the American Legion Post Tuesday morning to say farewell and to hear about Denier's heroic final moments.
"His fellow Marines were engaged by the enemy and pinned down," said a Marine who spoke at his funeral service. "Anthony fought valiantly and refused to give up his position despite the accurate fire he was receiving. As he courageously repelled the enemy's assault, he was struck with one round that killed him instantly."
The Marines presented Denier's mother his Purple Heart.
Mary Morgan wrote a letter to her son after his passing. The funeral director shared some of her words with the standing room only crowd. "He followed his heart and he knew the dangerous road he was undertaking. Yet, he always reassured me that all was good," wrote Morgan.
Following the funeral service, the procession made its way to Solomon National Cemetery in Stillwater. Mourners paid their respects by lining the streets and waving flags.
The graveside service was fit for the hero that the Marines say Denier was.
There was rifle salute and a bugler played Taps.
The sound of solitary bagpipe cried out Amazing Grace.
His mother and sisters received the flag that covered his coffin.
And then Anthony Denier, who his mother says gave his life doing what he loved, was lowered into his final resting place.
His family has requested that memorial contributions are sent to the Wounded Warrior Project.