Thousands Honor Spc. Taylor Along Procession

By Eric Dutkiewicz
By Rachel Martin

July 29, 2012 Updated Nov 4, 2013 at 2:23 AM EDT

FORT WAYNE/BERNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) – Army Specialist Nick Taylor is finally home with his family Sunday night. A processional to his hometown of Berne was held in his honor.

Thousands gave up their day for a man who gave his life. It all began in Fort Wayne at the 122nd Fighter Wing. The body of Army Spc. Nick Taylor was flown in from Afghanistan to make his final journey home.

Hundreds gathered around the entrance to the Fighter Wing to pay their final respects to the fallen soldier.

“It's important to support our troops and show respect to the ones who've given their lives for us,” said Sarah Armstrong of Fort Wayne.

Thousands more from every town along the way, lined the processional route to Berne, holding flags and signs in Taylor's honor.

“It's a...it's just about a tear-jerker,” said Bill McKean, Mayor of Berne. “It's really special to see so many people supporting their family and Nick. I'm really proud of our community and the communities around.”

The processional from Fort Wayne to the funeral home in Berne included 658 motorcycles and was about 10 miles long. That's approximately 25 minutes from the first car to the last.

The entire town of Berne showed their support for the Police Chief's son, a heartfelt, but bittersweet, welcoming for their hometown hero.

“It's been a good experience. We hope we never need this experience. This is a first run for us and we hope we never have another one,” said Mayor McKean.

“It was absolutely amazing and humbling and it just brings tears to your eyes to see how much the community has come out to support the Taylor family,” said Mandy Hunley from Berne with tears in her eyes.

“I'm very very very grateful for all the people who serve our country,” said Armstrong.
Taylor’s visitation will be held Monday, July 30, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. and again from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at South Adams High School. The funeral is Tuesday at 11 a.m., also at South Adams.

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