The city of Berne plans to have a procession Sunday to honor Nick Taylor, the 20-year-old Guardsman killed earlier this month in Afghanistan.
ďHe gave his life protecting us and representing the country, and even though itís hard, thatís an honor that most of us will never be bestowed,Ē said Berne Councilman Ron Dull, a family friend who is helping to organize the procession.
Dull said Taylorís remains are set to arrive at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Indiana Air National Guard post next to Fort Wayne International Airport. The procession will start there about 2:20 p.m., head east on Ferguson Road and then south on U.S. 27 into Berne, he said.
The 30-mile path of the procession will be lined with people, signs and more than 5,000 flags, Dull said.
Taylor, a specialist with the Indiana National Guard, was killed in Afghanistan on July 16 in an attack on his 713th Engineer Company. He was working to clear roadside bombs in Kandahar Province when a rocket-propelled grenade hit the vehicle he was driving. The soldiers then were attacked with small-arms fire.
Taylor, the son of Berneís police chief, went to South Adams High School where he was on the football, track and wrestling teams. He had wanted to become an officer with the Fort Wayne Police Department after his deployment was done in September.
Anyone with questions or concerns about the procession can contact Dull at 341-8903.