A US Marine Corps carry team transports the remains of a Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Dylan R. of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Merola on August 29, 2021 at Dover Air Force Base, Delaware. Merola was assigned to 2nd Battalion, 1st Marine Regiment, 1st Marine Division, I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Pendleton, California. (Jason Minto / US Air Force via Getty Images)
COVINA, Calif. A public funeral service was held for Marine Lance Cpl at Forest Lawn Covina Hills on 26 September. Dylan R. Merola, who was among 13 service members killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan.
Merola’s remains were carried in a procession from Ontario International Airport on Tuesday and through the streets of his hometown of Rancho Cucamonga – including a pass to his alma mater Los Osos High School – to prepare for eventual Sunday services. Arrived at Forest Lawn.
Thousands of people lined sidewalks and highway overpasses along the procession, many of them holding American flags.
“It’s a sad day,” Upland resident Mark Burton told NBC4. “I have a son who spent eight years of his life in and outside Afghanistan. A part of me feels blessed that I still have him with me.”
20-year-old Merola was killed in an August 26 attack on Kabul airport that killed 10 other Marines, a US Navy Corpsman and a US Army soldier, as well as more than 100 Afghans.
Two other Southland Marines—Lance Cpl. Narco’s Karim Grant Nikoi, 20, and cpl. Indio’s 22-year-old Hunter Lopez also died in the attack.
“You got these little kids – 19, 20, 21 years old, they work to help over a million people from the tyranny of the Taliban and they are gone,” Bertone said.
A public funeral service for Merola was scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Sunday at Forest Lawn Mausoleum, 21300 Via Verde St., followed by a private burial service.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times