Final Farewell | Family, friends honor U.S. Marine Cpl. Moore
BOYD COUNTY, Ky. (WSAZ) -- Family, friends and members of the community gathered Monday morning to say a final farewell to a U.S. Marine who was killed during a NATO military training exercise in Norway last month.
Funeral services began over the weekend for U.S. Marine Cpl. Jacob Moore, 24, of Catlettsburg, Kentucky.
Visitation services were held Sunday at Boyd County High School, Moore’s alma mater.
Funeral services started at Boyd County High School at 11 a.m. Monday.
Cpl. Moore was laid to rest at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery Northeast following a long procession of family, friends, first responders, fellow Marines, and community members.
“This is a special place, a sacred place and it’s very appropriate that he’s among the rest of the heros that are here,” said Kentucky Senator Robin Webb.
Webb said she was filled with pride to be a part of honoring the service and ultimate sacrifice Cpl. Moore payed.
“How thankful I am to live here and represent this area because it is the heart of America and it’s the heart of the nation,” she said. “It brings out the best of us, and it’s a shame that we have to lose someone like Cpl Moore to do that and we should be thankful and patriotic and honor our citizens every day.”
Veteran Raymond Hurst says he has seen countless military funerals, but each time it feels as though he’s lost one of his own family members.
“All veterans all active duty it’s all one large family. We’re all brothers and sisters in the military,” he said. “When a family member dies it hurts. There’s no words to say to ease the pain or to understand why it happens.”
Moore was among four marines whose remains were returned to U.S. soil after their deaths in a helicopter crash in Norway on March 18.
Gov. Andy Beshear has ordered flags at all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff from sunrise to sunset Monday, April 4, in honor of Moore.
Moore’s remains returned home Friday. Family and fellow U.S. Marines greeted the plane at the Tri-State Airport.
A proclamation to declare Friday as “Jacob M. Moore Day” was presented by Catlettsburg Mayor Faith Day to the family.
Corporal Moore’s decorations include the Good Conduct Medal, the National Defense Service Medal, and the Global War on Terrorism Medal.
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