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• Hundreds of mourners gathered inside and outside a
Bethalto church today to pay final respects to a fallen
Lance Cpl. Kenneth A. "Kenny"
Corzine of Bethalto was remembered as a good friend
who smiled a lot, enjoyed life and hoped to spend more time with
his young daughter, Macy Mae Hart, 3.
His cousin and fellow Marine, Lance Cpl. Michael Benton,
said he felt blessed that they were able to serve together but was
heartbroken by Corzine's death.
"Kenny didn't die in vain, and he won't be forgotten,"
Benton said. "Let's never forget him. Semper Fi."
The streets along the route between Cornerstone Assembly
of God Church and the cemetery were lined with American flags and
hundreds of mourners, including dozens of schoolchildren, despite
bitterly cold winds.
Corzine was buried with full military honors at
Rose Lawn Memory Gardens. The flag
that had covered his casket was presented to his daughter, who was
held by his brother and fellow Marine Lance Cpl. Nick
Kenny Corzine, 23, lost both legs and suffered severe injuries
to one arm when a roadside bomb detonated on Dec. 5 during combat
operations in Helmand Province in Afghanistan. He died on Dec. 24
at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.