MECHNICVILLE, N.Y. – The Mechanicville community's support for 26-year-old Lance Corporal Anthony Denier was evident from the moment his body arrived American Legion Post 91 Monday afternoon.
Tuesday morning, a funeral service will be held for Denier at 11 a.m. followed by a burial with full military honors at the Gerald Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
Many who turned out for calling hours at the American Legion Post in Mechanicville Monday afternoon didn't even know Denier personally, but felt the need to come regardless.
Don Haran, a veteran of the Vietnam War, is a proud member of this strong community. He came to Denier's wake with his daughter-in-law and grandson, telling NEWS10 it's touching to see the patriotism.
Joe Cappucci drove three hours to pay his respects. His son went through infantry training with Denier, and was in the same firefight that took Denier's life. He said he's grateful his son served with Denier, and the thought that this is something that could face him weighs heavily on his mind.
Denier's body arrived from Dover Air Force base to Albany International Airport at 11 a.m. Monday. The arrival ceremony took place on the airfield at the Million Air hangar located on Jetway Drive.
Denier's arrival at the airport was followed by a procession to his hometown. His casket was escorted by the Mechanicville Fire Department and Police Department as well as the Patriot Guard Riders.
The Pentagon says Denier died Dec. 2 after getting hit by enemy fire while fighting in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
Governor Cuomo directed flags be flown at half-staff Monday in Denier's honor.