ABINGTON--More than 1,000 mourners attended the wake today for Marine Sergeant Daniel Vasselian, the local man who was killed in Afghanistan on Dec. 23 during his third combat tour.
Friends, town residents, and uniformed military personnel began lining the block outside the Quealy and Son Funeral Home on Adams Street long before calling hours began at 3 p.m.
Yellow ribbons were tied to the trees, and about two dozen people stood on the front lawn of the funeral home holding American flags in the bitter cold.
Mike Russell, 58, became emotional when he told reporters outside that Vasselian will be buried next to Russell’s late son, Jeremy, who was a close friend of the fallen Marine.
“We are here to honor our hero, and hope that we don’t have to go through this again,” Russell said.
Richard Donovan, 79, of Abington, a family friend, also came to pay his respects.
“You’re sorry for their loss, and that’s about all you can say,” he said. Friends and family have described Vasselian, 27, as the life of the party who was dedicated to his military service. He had recently celebrated his fourth wedding anniversary with his wife, Erin.
Ed Bryan, 57, of Malden, a retired Army staff sergeant who served in Desert Storm, said he came to the wake to support the family of a fellow veteran.