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Marine Memorial Service in Greenville honors fallen soldier

Marine Memorial Service in Greenville honors fallen soldier
By Sarah Read
Marines stood at attention at sunset, last Friday, in honor of fallen soldier, Matthias Hanson.

Marines stood at attention at sunset, last Friday, in honor of fallen soldier, Matthias Hanson.

As community members shared memories, sorrow, pride and prayer at a tribute ceremony in Greenville last week, songs such as “God Bless the U.S.A.”, “In the Arms of an Angel”, and “I Can Only Imagine” drifted into the night.

The head count was over 100 at the memorial service at Veteran’s Park, last Friday, March 5, where friends and family of Lance Cpl. Matthias Hanson gathered at sunset to remember the 20-year-old Greenville native, who was killed during combat in Afghanistan two weeks ago, on February 21.

Hanson’s childhood friend, Alex Wahlfeldt, organized the candlelit vigil to remember and honor his life. Guests wore buttons, released red, white and blue balloons and lit candles during the tribute. Hanson, who grew up in Greenville and moved to Kentucky during High School, was the son of Lowell Hanson II and Mary Cogswell Huff.

Ruth Leys and Louise Leyrer, former co-workers of Matt’s mother, Mary, were among many in the crowd who felt the need to attend as a way to display their gratitude for those who serve our country and for those they know who are soon to be deployed. “Our hearts go out to them,” said Leys. “We’re very thankful.”

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