Lance Corporal Oleski comes home


ROME, N.Y. (WKTV) - The remains of fallen Marine Lance Corporal Blaise Oleski returned to the Mohawk Valley earlier today.

A Falcon 20 flew into Griffiss International Airport just before 10 a.m. Tuesday morning carrying the flag draped casket of Oleski.

Minutes later it pulled onto the tarmac just outside of a hanger and came to a stop. Hundreds gathered from family members to veterans, students, Airport workers and friends. Some standing just feet from the stationary aircraft, others lining the back portion of the tarmac, and others yet standing on a rooftop above the rest.

All watched closely as the transfer from plane to hearse was made. Oleski's mother Theresa, father Paul and his brother Bryce stood by saddened but poised as their beloved Blaise was placed in the hearse. Shortly after, the Patriot Guard with motors gently revving prepared to lead Oleski's procession.

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