ARLINGTON (CBS) – Arlington honored fallen hero Marwan Sameh Ghabour with a procession through town Thursday morning.
U.S. Army Chief Warrant Officer 2 Ghabour was killed in a helicopter last week while serving as part of a peacekeeping force in Egypt. He was one of five Americans who died in the crash November 12. The cause is believed to have been technical issues.
Ghabour grew up in Arlington and graduated from Arlington High School in 2010.
Arlington Veterans’ Services invited the public to line the procession route along Massachusetts Avenue at 7:30 a.m. It stretched from the Lexington town line all the way to Cambridge.
Along both sides of the street, people waited to pay their respects to Ghabour. Some looked on from their porches while others waved American flags from the sidewalk.
“He sacrificed everything for this country, so I think we owed that to him,” said one woman.
Arlington Police cruisers and fire engines helped lead the way through the town.
“This is a tragic loss for everybody. You know, he’s the best kind of people. We hate to see stuff like this happen,” said family friend and Arlington resident Marc Vaccarello.
Marc stood by with his son Stephen Vaccarello as the procession passed underneath one of the Arlington Fire’s ladder trucks. Stephen thought the world of Ghabour, remembering him as the type of person who was out to make the world a better place.
“Super funny guy. He was always super cool.” said Stephen Vaccarello. “He was always out to help other people, and make people live to their strengths too. I knew he loved the country, and it was just like so perfect for him to be in the military.”
A private family service was held at The Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center in Roxbury before Ghabour was laid to rest at Cedar Knoll Cemetery.