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Funeral for Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson

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WASECA, Minn. (KTTC) -- Lance Cpl. Caleb Erickson was laid to rest Monday in Waseca.

The Marine was killed by a suicide bomber late last month while serving in Afghanistan.

After a first visitation was held Sunday afternoon for Erickson, another happened Monday morning at Grace Lutheran Church in Waseca. His funeral took place Monday morning and will be followed by a burial at Woodville Cemetery. We're told Erickson had a strong faith and was a member of Grace Lutheran where he was active with the youth group.

The 20-year-old Marine died Feb. 28 while involved in combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

The plane carrying Erickson's body landed at Owatonna Degner Regional Airport just after 2:45 p.m. Saturday. More than 30 Patriot Guard members, firefighters and other first responders lined the tarmac. In Owatonna, Erickson's flag-draped casket was greeted by his fellow Marines and placed in the hearse that would take him home to Waseca. The procession arrived in his hometown just after 4 p.m. Saturday to a crowd of hundreds.

The motorcade drove through Waseca, on old Highway 14, lined with flags and people paying their respects. Neighbors, many who know the Erickson family personally, held up signs of thanks for Erickson's service. Friends gathered to share stories of their favorite memories of the fallen Marine, and his dedication to his country.

Gov. Mark Dayton has ordered all federal and state flags to be flown at half-staff Monday in Erickson's honor.

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