While the rest of the world says goodbye to a year, a family in Massachusetts said goodbye today to a son and husband.
Sgt. Daniel M. Vasselian was killed two days before Christmas in Afghanistan and today he came home to Abington, south of Boston. A motorcade escorted the casket from Logan Airport to his hometown.
And people stopped what they were doing:
Dozens of first responders on Savin Hill Ave. bridge salute fallen Marine Sgt. Daniel Vasselian. pic.twitter.com/CB5Q1TIpoC
— WCVB-TV Boston (@WCVB) December 31, 2013
The streets are lined with those looking to show support to fallen Abington Marine Sgt. Daniel Vasselian. pic.twitter.com/dn0F8tp5v0
— Ben Paulin (@benpaulin_ENT) December 31, 2013
The hearse carrying the remains of Marine Sgt. Daniel Vasselian pauses outside his boyhood Abington home. pic.twitter.com/HzoXXWddGb
— Mary Saladna (@MaryWCVB) December 31, 2013
The incredible picture from the Boston Globe of his family greeting him home is one we’ve seen far too many times.
Sgt. Vasselian,27, was killed four days after the fourth anniversary of his marriage to his high school sweetheart.
Of all of the end-of-year news stories being circulated this week looking back at 2013, very few have anything to do with the war.
U.S. soldiers killed in Afghanistan in 2013: 127.