Memorial set for airman killed in Afghanistan
HOOKSTOWN, Pa. (AP) — Friends and family will have the chance to pay their respects to U.S. Air Force Staff Sgt. Dylan Elchin this week at a public memorial service.
The Beaver County Times reports that the service, which is open to the public, will be held Thursday from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Impact Christian Chapel, in Moon Township. An official service will occur at 4 p.m.
Due to strict military rules, Elchin’s body will not return to Beaver County for the memorial service.
Loney Duez, Elchin’s stepfather, tells the newspaper that a local service was important because he had so many friends and family.
He was one of three service members who died when their vehicle hit a roadside bomb in Afghanistan last week. A fourth soldier— Sgt. Jason Mitchell McClary, from Export, Pennsylvania — died this week at a hospital in Germany
Elchin will be buried at Arlington National Cemetery.
Information from: Beaver County Times, http://www.timesonline.com/