MECHANICVILLE - A sister of a U.S. Marine killed in Afghanistan says she was overwhelmed by the support from others during her brother's funeral services and burial Tuesday.
Several hundred relatives and friends gathered for the funeral of 26-year-old Lance Cpl. Anthony Denier Tuesday morning at the American Legion post in Mechanicville. The service was followed by his burial at the Gerald Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville.
Two sisters of Danier, Maria Betts and Amy Denier, live in Gloversville.
Pallbearers remove the casket of Marine Lance Cpl. Anthony Denier from the hearse and carry it to his gravesite for a service at the Gerald B.H. Solomon-Saratoga National Cemetery in Schuylerville on Tuesday.
The grave marker for Denier is displayed before the burial. It says, “Anthony J. Denier, LCPL US Marine Corps Afghanistan
July 7, 1986-Dec. 2, 2012, Purple Heart, KIA, Forever Loved Always A Marine.”
"It was beautiful. So many people came out. It was great," said Betts. "Of course, we were sad. However, we were filled with joy and support. The amount of support was overwhelming. So many people came out, some people who didn't even know him. The feeling was phenomenal."
During the service at the legion post, a Marine honor guard presented the Purple Heart medal to his mother, Mary Morgan.
One of the Marines read a letter from Denier's commander, who described him as a "natural leader" others looked to for guidance.
"We wish we could say thank you to everyone individually," Betts said. "There were supporters from Albany to Mechanicville, then from Mechanicville to the cemetery - all along the motorcade. Schools brought children out. It filled us with such honor and such pride. And the Patriot Guard was great. Everyone has been so supportive of our family. It brought such honor to our family."
The Pentagon says Denier died Dec. 2 after he was hit by enemy fire while fighting in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
He was sent to Afghanistan in October.