LOGANSPORT, Ind. (AP) — Tuesday’s funeral in his hometown saw a U.S. Marine from Indiana, who died during the chaotic evacuation at Kabul airport.
Cpl. Former Vice President Mike Pence said that Humberto Sanchez’s life will be remembered by generations of Americans.
Pence, a former governor of Indiana, spoke near Sanchez’ flag-covered casket. In those last moments of his life it was a labor of love, doing all he could for the children.
Ariel Loran, his younger brother, performed The Marines’ Hymn with a saxophone.
A Marine chaplain, Capt. Blake Campbell stated that Sanchez, 22, had been working security at U.S. embassies in Jordan when he arrived at Kabul. He was one of 13 U.S. military personnel who were killed in a suicide bombing that occurred during the U.S. government-run evacuation on Aug. 26.
Campbell said to the congregation, “We mourn the loss of a boy and a brother. “And this village, this church and this community mourn with you.”
Mount Hope Cemetery was selected for the burial. This service was the culmination of days of intense emotion in northern Indiana. Bert Sanchez, also known as Bert, was one of 17 Logansport High School classmates who joined military service after graduating in 2017.
He was a part of the senior year’s homecoming court and played on the soccer team. Sanchez, the son and daughter of Mexican immigrants, was born in America as the first member his immediate family, according to Zach Szmara of The Bridge Community Church, Logansport.
He described Sanchez as a “bridge builder.”
Szmara said that Sanchez brought “vibrant color” to areas of his life that had been gray and boring. It was easy to sense his absence from the classroom, or if he didn’t show up at an event. It didn’t matter if it was a quinceanera dinner, a cookout, a classroom, Christmas Eve, or any other event. You wanted him there.
On Sunday, his body arrived in Indiana. There were thousands who lined roads for miles to pay tribute to Sanchez by saluting and waiving American flags.
Pence said, “I heard he did not give up until the job is done.” “He stood in the gap, he remained at his post. … He risked his life to save innocent civilians fleeing the chaos of Afghanistan.