YORK, Neb. — A funeral for Lance Cpl. Hunter “H.D.” Hogan, 21, who was killed in action in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, while serving with the 1st Battalion, 8th Marines, 2nd Marine Division, is set for Friday
According to Metz Mortuary, a Mass of Christian burial will begin at 3 p.m. at St. Joseph Catholic Church in York. Military interment will be at St. Joseph Cemetery in York.
Stacy Clark, Hogan's aunt who lives in York, said her nephew's body will arrive at the York Municipal Airport at 8 a.m. Friday. Patriot Guard Riders will Accompany the hearse as it makes its way into York, said Randy Hall, airport director.
Community members are encouraged to show their support for the Hogan family and stand in honor of the fallen Marine by lining the streets that morning. Flags and other patriotic symbols are encouraged. The procession from the airport to the mortuary is expected to be along Highway 34 to Lincoln Avenue and then through downtown.
The route from the church to the cemetery will be east on Fourth Street, then south on Blackburn, then east on Nobes Road.
That afternoon, community members are again encouraged to show their support by lining the streets after the funeral. Clark said because her nephew was a rodeo enthusiast — he was involved in the sport since age 4 and a member of the South Indiana Junior Rodeo Association — a large number of rodeo cowboys on horseback will be leading the procession to the cemetery. Clark said there will also be a riderless horse carrying Hogan's gear.
Full military rites will be conducted by the Marines Corps at the cemetery.
York City Clerk Jean Thiele said the city has been in contact with Gov. Dave Heineman's office and it has been confirmed that the Governor's Office will allow flags to fly at half-mast throughout York on Friday.
Clark said she traveled to Dover, Del., with other members of Hogan's family to be there when her nephew's body arrived in the United States.
“They are bringing kids home every day like that,” Clark said. “These kids are losing their lives and we're not hearing about it.”