TREMONT — More than 1,000 American flags will be placed along roadsides leading into Tremont this weekend for the funeral procession of a Marine lost in an aerial refueling mishap over the Sea of Japan on Dec. 6.

Marine Cpl. Daniel Baker was one of five KC-130J crewmen declared dead by the Marines last week. A visitation is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. Friday at  Northfield Christian Fellowship Church at 411 W. North St. in Tremont. A memorial service is scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday at the church. Both are open to the public.

“The Village of Tremont, Tremont School District 702, local churches, numerous organizations, surrounding communities and those well beyond will be lifting up the Baker family with an outpouring of love and support this weekend,” Matt Miller, a spokesman for the family, said in a statement released Wednesday.

Northfield Christian Fellowship will live stream the memorial service on Saturday at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCMbG8fP309zI4eDFE7IIoxg.

Parking for the memorial service will be available in the church parking lot, but only for those planning to join the procession through town following the service. All others are asked to find parking on nearby side streets, or to park at the high school and ride shuttle buses that will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

A military 21-gun salute will take place just outside the church following the memorial service. Officials anticipate that the service will last from 60 to 75 minutes.

Attendees also are asked to visit the Tremont Veterans Memorial that was established in City Park in 2011. The names of Tremont residents who served in the military are etched on granite stone tiles there. A tile bearing Baker's name has been placed next to that of his grandfather, Daniel Baer.

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Contact Kevin Barlow at (309) 820-3238. Follow him on Twitter: @pg_barlow


Agriculture Reporter

Agriculture reporter for Lee Enterprises Central Illinois.

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