MECHANICVILLE, N.Y. - A Mechanicville-native Marine killed in Afghanistan has been buried at the Saratoga National Cemetery on 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 followed by a burial with full military honors at the Gerald Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
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.
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 he was hit by enemy fire while fighting in Afghanistan's Helmand province.
He was sent to Afghanistan in October.