Sgt. Michael Guillory, of Slidell, a United States Marine, was killed in action in Afghanistan in December 2012. For more than a year, his ashes have been kept in his mother’s home. On Saturday, he was moved to his final resting place at the newly dedicated Southeast Louisiana Veterans Cemetery near Slidell.
Guillory, 28, was a 2002 graduate of Pearl River High School and had been in the Marines for a decade. He was a member of the 1st Marines Special Operations Battalion Command and had served six combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, his mother said. Guillory was killed in a vehicle accident during a combat mission in Helmand Province.
He is the first soldier to be interred at the site, and the service included full military honors. Local Patriot Guard Riders escorted the processional into the cemetery, and members of Guillory’s patrol unit also were on hand for the memorial.
Following the service, a gun salute sounded before a lone Marine played taps on the hilltop near the mausoleum.
Guillory is survived by his parents, Gina Guillory and Michael Guillory Sr., and his two older sisters, Jessica Guillory and U.S. Marines Sgt. Tiffany Guillory.