The remains of U.S. Marine Sergeant Johanny Rosario Pichardo, one of 13 American servicemembers killed by a terrorist attack at the Kabul airport in Afghanistan last month, returned home to a hero’s welcome in Massachusetts on Sep. 11.
The date also marked the 20th anniversary of the 9/11 terror attacks on the U.S. by Al Qaeda terrorists in Afghanistan.
The Boston Globe reported:
Rosario Pichardo, 25, was killed when two suicide bombers attacked the Hamid Karzai International Airport in Kabul on Aug. 26. The marine was screening women and children at the airport who were trying to flee following the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan when two large bombs detonated, killing 12 other servicemembers and at least 170 Afghans.
A charter plane carrying her remains arrived at Logan International Airport Saturday morning. Her mother, grandmother, and three siblings were present as her flag-draped casket was lowered onto the tarmac. Governor Charlie Baker, Senators Ed Markey and Elizabeth Warren, and other state officials paid their respects, followed by a funeral procession to Lawrence.
Hundreds of people holding American flags lined the streets of Lawrence and other routes along the way as the procession headed to the Farrah Funeral Home on Lawrence Street. The funeral home was not open to the public Saturday, but those wishing to pay their respects may attend a public wake at Veterans Memorial Stadium next to Lawrence High School — where Rosario Pichardo graduated — from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday.
There were numerous photos and videos posted online of tributes to Rosario Pichardo as the procession made its way:
Malden Police and Fire Departments are awaiting the escort of fallen Marine Johanny Rosario Pichardo on the overpass overlooking Route 93. @USMC @MaldenPolice @maldenfire 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/IvXE2q10lJ
— Malden Police (@MaldenPolice) September 11, 2021
Honored to have witnessed this.
Welcome home Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo. Thank you for giving the ultimate sacrifice. 🇺🇸 #USA #Massachusetts pic.twitter.com/EtlqEJr2BY
— Big Bob (@BigBobWins) September 11, 2021
An amazing tribute to fallen #Marine Sgt. Johanny Rosario Pichardo who was killed at the airport in #Kabul … outstanding job the #WinchesterMass Fire Dept @USMC #September11 pic.twitter.com/V08NIIe80u
— Red Reardon (@reardon_red) September 11, 2021
As Breitbart News reported previously, Rosario Pichardo was tasked with screening female Afghan refugees at the airport in Kabul, in deference to local Islamic custom preventing women from being screened or searched by male soldiers.
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