Airman Honored at Funeral

The Michiana community says good-bye to a fallen airman.

On Thursday, 33-year-old Tech Sergeant Ryan Balmer was laid to rest and honored at his funeral service.

Thursday morning about 500 people gathered at Clay United Methodist Church in South Bend to remember Balmer.

Three preachers spoke in his honor.

They mentioned his dedication to the military and sacrifice for his country.

Also, Balmer's nephew talked about how his uncle inspired him to join the military.

The Balmers gathered in front of the church and led the procession to Southlawn Cemetery.

Dozens of people lined the streets to show support for the family.

“As the hearse went by I just blew him a kiss, it’s corny but what else do you do? It’s people like him that we have what we have,” says Sue Hindsley.

"People who would go out for their country and this land and other lands and make the ultimate sacrifice no one ... has greater love than this. No one has greater love than this and those who would laid down there lives for a brother," says Reverend Michael Jenkins from Clay United Methodist Church.

About forty men and women from the Patriot Guard Riders also joined the procession after the funeral.

As per military tradition, the flag draped along Balmer's casket was given to his wife and another one was given to his mother.


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