A community says goodbye to a fallen marine.
Lance Corporal Alec Terwiske was laid to rest Friday morning in Celestine, Indiana, just a few miles from his hometown.
Slow and steady were the chimes at St. Celestine Catholic Church, and the march of Lance Corporal Alec Terwiske's fellow marines. The fallen hero, surrounded by his military brothers, one last time.
Inside the church, hundreds gathered together in prayer, before paying their final respects. Saying goodbye to the sounds of taps, and a 21-gun salute.
This sendoff, however beautiful, was a difficult one for many in Dubois County.
"To come to the church today and say goodbye is one of the hardest things I've ever had to do," said Alec's friend Eric Himsel.
But still, Eric was there.
"Alec is the first classmate out of our class to pass away and we are all very saddened by his death and we're all very speechless," Eric told us.
"We don't have any words, just support," said Cindy Hembree with the Marine Family Support Group.
Hembree leads the Marine Family Support Group in Jasper, which is where she met Alec's mom Sandy. It's where she heard stories about her young marine.
"a very good kid," she said. "One that had a good sense of humor and he probably didn't have an enemy. One that was always there to help."
And just as Alec was always there, now his memory lives on in a small town, and a county proud of its local hero.
"Shows that we have a strong support for our military a strong support for everyone here and we're just one big family and that's how we feel," Hembree said.
"Alec, as well, will never be forgotten by this community, never," Eric told 14 News.
The procession continued through Huntingburg, Terwiske's hometown of Dubois and onto Jasper.
Onlookers stood at attention for the Marine taken much too soon. Many today say they took time from their jobs, from their families and work to show their support.
|Alec Terwiske was born July 6, 1991 in Jasper to Alan and Sandy (Eckert) Terwiske.
He was a 2010 graduate of Northeast Dubois High School and enlisted in the U.S. Marine Corps that same year.
Surviving besides his parents are;
Ashlee Gramelspacher, LaGrange, KY
Codi Terwiske, Dubois, IN
One brother, Brant Terwiske, Dubois, IN
Grandmother, Phyllis Eckert, Jasper, IN
Two nieces, Averie and Emerson Gramelspacher.
Visitation for Alec Terwiske will be held from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Thursday (September 13, 2012) at the Becher-Kluesner North Chapel in Jasper.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Celestine Catholic Church , St. Raphael's Catholic Church or to the Southern Indiana Leatherneck Marine Corps League.
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