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Valley Says Goodbye to Fallen Sailor

3 years 3 months 3 weeks ago Saturday, July 01 2017 Jul 1, 2017 July 01, 2017 7:40 PM July 01, 2017 in News

WESLACO--Veterans from all over came to McAllen Miller International Airport to say their final goodbyes to Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez.

Hernandez was killed in a ship collision last month. The Weslaco native's body arrived in the valley Friday night.     

Lyle Clark was just one of the veterans joining in the procession.

"I'm showing respect for my fallen brothers and sisters and we all grieve every time we lose one," Clark said.

Clark is the commander of the Combat Veteran's Motorcycle Association. Part of the group's responsibilities include escorting fallen heroes. Halfway through the procession, groups of people lined the expressway waved flags, honoring Gunner's Mate 2nd Class Noe Hernandez. After the hearse was driven by his family's home in Weslaco, it was taken to Highland Funeral Home.

Norma Linda Gonzales said she felt compelled to be here.

"I'm sorry, I get really emotional. I think this is the most I can give and my respects for our freedom really, because without them doing their service out there, we wouldn't have this beautiful freedom to be out here," Gonzales said.

Gonzales says she doesn't know the family, but on this Fourth of July weekend wanted to thank them for their son's service.

Lyle Clark says this never gets easy.

"God bless our soldiers, our sailors, our airmen and our marines. God bless America," Clark said.

Hernandez will be buried on Thursday. Arrangements for a community visitation are still in the works.

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