MARION, IND (AP) - A funeral service has been held in Marion for a 27-year-old Marine killed in Afghanistan.
Capt. Brandon Barrett died May 5 while supporting combat operations in Afghanistan's volatile Helmand province. His body arrived in his hometown on Thursday and his funeral took place Saturday.
A graveside ceremony was held and his mother Cindy Barrett was presented with the flag that covered his casket. Barrett graduated from the Naval Academy in 2006 and was in his second deployment to Afghanistan. He had written a letter saying he wanted to be buried in Marion if he didn't make it back from overseas.
Grant County Commissioners declared Saturday as "Capt. Brandon Barrett Day" and encouraged all residents to observe the day in honor of him.