The cost of freedom rings silent
By Douglas Hays, 434th ARW Public Affairs
/ Published September 12, 2021
GRISSOM AIR RESEVE BASE, Ind. -- The sound of freedom may be jet noise, but the cost of freedom rings silent.
Silence blanketed Grissom today as the body of Marine Cpl. Humberto Sanchez was flown into Grissom for a dignified transfer to an awaiting hearse to carry him home to Logansport, Indiana.
“It’s a somber experience,” Tech. Sgt. Josh Weaver, NCOIC of public affairs. “We wanted to put the family first, and pay our respects to the sacrifice that Corporal Sanchez made.”
Airmen, Soldiers, and Marines lined the procession route inside the base, saluting and paying their respect as Sanchez, his family and escorts departed.
“This reminds me of the sacrifice any of us could be called upon to make,” said Senior Master Sgt. Zach Chapin, 434th Air Refueling Wing superintendent of inspections.
Hours before he arrived at the base, citizens from around the state lined the roadways, waving flags, saluting, and weeping.
A public memorial is planned from 1-7 p.m. Sept. 13 at LifeGate Church, 831 Burlington Ave., in Logansport.