Plainfield Soldier Buried on Veteran's Day

Pft. Andrew Meari buried with full military honors at Elwood's Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

By Ivanna Hampton and Anthony Ponce
|  Thursday, Nov 11, 2010  |  Updated 6:33 PM CDT
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Meari Procession Passes By Plainfield South High

After arriving at Midway Airport, a hero's procession led the body of Army Pfc. Andrew Meari through Plainfield and past the high school where he spent two years before graduating in Wisconsin. Meari was killed last week in Afghanistan.
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Hundreds of supporters lined the 15-mile funeral procession route for fallen soldier Andrew Meari, of Plainfield.

Most of them were strangers, who turned out on Veteran's Day to honor the man.

"You do it for the family," said John Falaris of Joliet.  Respect. "To show them even though we didn't know him, the community is behind them,"

Pfc. Andrew Meari was buried with full military honors at Abraham Lincoln Memorial Cemetery, at 20953 W. Hoff Road in Elwood, at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

"He's in such a peaceful place here. This is such a lovely cemetery and the family should take some solace in the fact that people have come out to commemorate this man," said Retired Army Sgt 1st Class Debbie Emery.

The 21-year-old soldier died in Afghanistan last week. His unit was attacked with an improvised explosive device, according to the Department of Defense.

Meari attended Plainfield South High School until moving to Wisconsin, said Todd Williams, a family spokesperson. He joined the Army in 2008, according to the Patriot Riders.

He received several military honors during his two-year career.

A procession lined the streets in Plainfield as Meari's body was driven through town Tuesday.

The Bank of Shorewood is collecting donations in Meari's honor to support the Fisher House, an organization that provides housing and support for the families of wounded soldiers:

Pfc. Andrew N. Meari Memorial Fund
c/o Bank of Shorewood
5650 Caton Farm Rd.
Plainfield, IL 60586

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