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Body of fallen marine returns to native Rome

By By EVAN WHITE

ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - Lance Corporal Daniel Geary was killed in the Farah Province of Afghanistan from a bomb last Friday. On Thursday, the people of Rome are are paying their respects as his casket lands in his native city.

As you'd expect, it was a very emotional morning in Rome. The plane carrying Corporal Geary's remains landed at 10:03 a.m., and for the next 20 minutes you could hear a pin-drop on the tarmac.

The Geary family stood surrounded by a long line of supporters around the hanger - all coming to watch the casket travel from Marines to the hearse.

For many, it was tough to come and even tougher to watch, but showing their respect and displaying pride for a fallen patriot was a must.

"These folks give everything for us, without them we have nothing," said one supporter.

"We wanted to show support to the families and show support to the military folks that are doing what they do best," said another.

"I'm here because he served our country," said a third. "We are proud of him and he deserves respect. And that's why we are here - to pay our respects."

While there were dozens of supporters, one interesting part of the day was how many students - young students were bussed-in to watch.

Coming up new at the Live at Five Newshour, we'll talk some of the teachers who brought those students and taught Geary as a child.

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