The body of a Marine killed in the line of duty arrived home Tuesday evening. Corporal Christopher Bordoni, 21, died April 3rd. He was injured while in Afghanistan back in January. A procession was held for his body to return back to Ithaca. Our Katie Gibas tells us why hundreds of community members lined the streets from Syracuse to Ithaca.
CENTRAL NEW YORK -- It was truly a procession for a hero. Hundreds of community members lined the streets from Syracuse to Ithaca as the body of 21-year-old Marine Corporal Christopher Bordoni returned home Tuesday evening.
"I really didn't expect this many people. I'm very glad. And it's very heartwarming to see the number of people who care and really are standing up for our soldiers," said Jared Gebel, a Cortlandville Deputy Fire Chief.
Adam Brown, a Virgil resident, added, "Regardless if you don't agree with the wars that are being fought, the soldiers that are fighting them are still our kids, our family, our brothers, our sisters. And everybody should come out and support them."
Bordoni deployed in April 2011 and was expected to come home in the beginning of February. He was injured in a suicide bomber attack while in Afghanistan on January 18th. He died from his injuries April 3rd. This was his second tour of duty.
"There are many men and women, if you talk to them, that they don't go just once. They've done tours after tours after tours because they're serving. That's what they do. They're missing home. They're living in fear. They're dedicated to their country. They'll do anything to support our country. They're happy with what they're doing but they're apprehensive too. They should be. They're young guys out there," said Vicki Richards, a Cortland resident.
Even though it was a solemn procession, it brought the community together in a way only something like this can.
"People are so busy these days that they just don't take time to do things together. And events like this make people reflect on where things came from and what the military and our local communities really give to us and support us and they all come out and support them back," said Gebel.
Bordoni was well decorated and received a number of honors, including the Purple Heart.
Bordoni's calling hours will be Wednesday from 2 until 7 p.m. at the Immaculate Conception Church. The funeral will be held Thursday morning at the Church. Both are open to the public
The funeral service will be followed by a private burial at Calvary Cemetery with full Marine honors.
For more information about Bordoni or to support his family, visit supportchrisbordoni.com.