Updated 12/11/2012 05:45 PM
Mechanicville Marine laid to rest
A Mechanicville Marine who died in Afghanistan has been laid to rest. Marine Lance Corporal Anthony Denier, 26, died in Afghanistan earlier this month. Tuesday, friends and family paid their respects, and honored his sacrifice. YNN's Matt Hunter has more.
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MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. – Long before enlisting in the Marines 18 months ago, Anthony Denier dreamed of a life in the service. On December 2nd, that life came to a tragic end on a battlefield in Afghanistan.
“I think the greatest thing of all is he died doing what he wanted to do, loving what he did,” said Reverend Clyde McCaskill.
“It is difficult for me to express the impact Anthony had on the Marines of India Company,” Lt. Richard Bondi, a U.S. Marine. “It is even more difficult for me to express the impact of his loss.”
On Tuesday afternoon in his native Mechanicville, close to 150 friends, family and loved ones said a solemn farewell to the 26-year-old.
While no family members spoke at the service, a letter written by his grieving mother, Mary Morgan, was read aloud.
“He followed his heart and knew the dangerous road he was undertaking, yet, always reassuring me that all was good,” the letter read. “Even now at my worst grieving state, suddenly a calming will come over me, I know it’s him with a hand on my shoulder.’”
Following the service, the Lance Corporal was buried with full military honors at Saratoga National Cemetery. It was a heartfelt end for a man who gave his life in the name of his country.
“We certainly never question anybody’s reasons as to why they do what they do, but certainly, it’s a very honorable decision these men and women make to serve their country at a time when they could be made to pay the ultimate sacrifice,” said Bill Schaaf, a Patriot Guard captain who attended Tuesday’s services.
“Anthony’s bravery and sacrifice will forever be seared into the memories of those of us who served with him. He will be missed but never forgotten,” Bondi said.