UPDATE: Funeral Service for Waseca Marine Set for Monday

Updated: 03/09/2014 6:47 PM
Created: 03/08/2014 9:47 PM
By: Sean Boswell

(ABC 6 News) -- The town of Waseca has been making preparations for tomorrow's memorial service for Waseca native Corporal Caleb Erickson.

Several state leaders are expected to attend including the Lieutenant Governor.

The service is scheduled tomorrow at 10:30 am at the Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca.

Governor Mark Dayton ordered flags at half-staff Monday.

March 9, 2014 (Sunday) 1:56 pm

WASECA, Minn. (AP) - Minnesota residents lined a procession route and held flags to pay their respects to a 20-year-old Marine killed in Afghanistan.

Corporal Caleb Erickson died Feb. 28 from injuries he received in an attack by a suicide bomber in Afghanistan.

His body arrived at Owatonna's airport Saturday afternoon and from there it was taken by motorcade to Waseca.

The route on old Highway 14 between Owatonna and Waseca was lined with well-wishers holding American flags and signs of appreciation.

A visitation for Erickson is set for Sunday afternoon and Monday morning at Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca. Burial is Monday at Woodville Cemetery in Waseca.

Gov. Mark Dayton ordered all federal and state flags be flown at half-staff Monday.

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March 8, 2014 (Saturday):

(ABC 6 News) -- A U.S. marine got one final salute today as hundreds gathered along Old Highway 14 between Owatonna to Waseca to pay tribute.

The death of 20-year old U.S. Marine Corporal Caleb Erickson can be described in two words.

"Very tragic," said Erickson’s former classmate Kendall Vance.

Erickson is described as being outgoing and full of charisma.

"When he walked into a room he would make everybody happy," said Vance.

Erickson graduated from Waseca High School in 2012, and enlisted in the marines soon after. He was also a member of his church where he was very involved with the youth group.

"He was willing to go risk his life to make certain that we have things that we have here," said Donald Wynnemer.

"What we really hope for is not to be forgotten," said National Guard member David Thul. "You're going to face dangerous situations and it may, it may cost you your life at some point."

Unfortunately for Erickson, it did.

"Here's a young fella who was doing his duty and got killed and it's really a shame... he never got the opportunity to enjoy life,” said Wynnemer.

The funeral for Caleb Erickson will be held on Monday, March 10.

Hundreds lined the streets to pay tribute to fallen Waseca Marine hero.