Procession, Mass for long-missing US soldier

Army Staff Sergeant Alex Jimenez
July 26, 2008 6:30:35 PM PDT
Hundreds of mourners have turned out for the funeral of Army Staff Sergeant Alex Jimenez in Lawrence, Massachusetts. His remains were recovered more than a year after he and two other soldiers were captured in Iraq. The funeral attracted hundreds who never knew Jimenez.

The soldier's casket arrived covered by an American flag and atop a horse-drawn carriage, escorted by fellow members of 10th Mountain Division. More than 100 "Patriot Rider" motorcyclists rumbled up to the church where Jimenez had received his First Communion.

Waiting at the church steps were Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, the state's lieutenant governor and U.S. Representative Niki Tsongas, who represents Lawrence in Congress.