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Vermonters stand together to honor fallen Marine

Swanton, Vermont - September 29, 2010

"He is a hero. That's what we do in America-- honor heroes," said Eddie McDonough, a friend of the fallen Marine.

Hundreds stepped out of work and school to line the streets of Swanton Wednesday, paying their respects to Lance Corporal Anthony Rosa. Some knew him-- others didn't.

"He went over and gave his life for us, we need to come out and show our thanks," said Judy Centabar of Swanton.

It was a cloudy day in Swanton. But as the coffin of the fallen Marine processed through his hometown, the sun shined bright and the community was silent.

"He was one of the greatest people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting," McDonough said. "He was strong for his country; he was strong for his friends."

Rosa was killed in Afghanistan last week. Even though his mother was against it, Rosa enlisted to honor his late grandfather. He too was a Marine.

"It's too bad we have lost such a great young man, but he fulfilled his life dream so all of us can fulfill our dreams and live free in this country," said Turk Thompson, a family friend.

Anthony Rosa was known as "Chuckie" to almost everyone in Swanton. His friends said they will miss his signature smile and laugh.

"If times were tough he was always there to lighten the mood, would do anything he could to help, he just loved having a good time and being with his friends and family," said Ryan Lavoie, a friend.

Calling hours for Lance Corporal Anthony Rosa are from 3-7 p.m. Friday at Kidder Funeral Home in Swanton. A funeral service with full military honors will be held at the high school Saturday morning at 11 a.m.

Rosa leaves behind his mother, father, stepfather, and two sisters. He is the first serviceman from Swanton to be killed in the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Matt Henson - WCAX News

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