WARE, Mass. (WWLP) – After being flown in on a jet, the body of Private First Class Brian Odiorne began a hero’s journey back to his hometown of Ware.
22News was there as his body exited the gates of Westover Air Reserve Base, and was escorted down the Massachusetts Turnpike by state and local police. The procession exited the highway in Palmer on its final stretch to the Charbonneau Funeral Home in Ware.
After his wake is held at the Charbonneau Funeral Home, private funeral services will be held at the All Saints Church.
At the request of the family, the Patriot Guard motorcycle riders also escorted the 21-year-old’s body.
Roland Gratton of Agawam said, “The men and women who serve give tremendous sacrifices. It’s why we have the freedom we have today and this great country. It’s going on 24/7 365 days a year. I’m blessed to be able to enjoy a tremendous life and it’s because of folks like that.”
Along the procession route was obvious community support, like one sign outside of Ware High School, the roadside red, white and blue, and a homemade sign that read “Thank You Brian, God Bless”.
Howard Shrut, State Captain of the Patriot Guard Riders, said, “I support the military. Sometime I forget that the town and the community does the same. When I come back with family like this and I see the town turn out. It brings tears to my eyes.”
Private First Class Odiorne was a decorated member of the military who will be posthumously awarded the Inherent Resolve Campaign Medal and Overseas Service Ribbon.
22News spoke to some of Odiorne’s family on Thursday and offered our condolences. They declined an interview but wanted to thank the community for their love and support.