Bishop brought home for final goodbye
stood still as the aircraft carrying the body of slain Cpl. John
C. Bishop taxied down the runway at the airport at North Vernon
The solemn reverence paid to the local hero was felt as marine
brothers lifted the flag draped casket from the plane and then
through the crowd of family and friends gathered at the end of
Patriot Guard Riders led the procession from the Stratton-Karsteter
Funeral Home in Versailles Monday morning to take the family to
North Vernon where they would receive their hero.
Somber homage was paid as uniformed marines and police stood at
attention as the fallen marine was wheeled into a hangar at the
airport where the family had a brief moment.
Then a procession led by police began to make its way for the
final journey to bring a local hero home to Versailles where he
will be laid to rest on Thursday of this week.
The procession was approximately two miles long complete with
Patriot Guard Riders behind the family. Jennings County Sheriffs
deputies along with North Vernon City Police were part of the
group escorting the marine from Jennings to Ripley County.
Along the route in the town of North Vernon the streets were lined
with people waving flags, holding their hands over their hearts,
and hats in their hands.
As the procession slowly moved east on US 50, the highway was
lined with people waving flags and displaying signs to welcome
home Cpl. Bishop.
Fire departments in both Jennings and Ripley counties turned out
with trucks and firemen who stood with their hands folded over
their hearts. Businesses in both counties closed their doors and
employees stood at attention as the procession moved through.
People were out of their houses sitting or standing on porches
watching an American hero being brought home.
School children from Brush Creek Elementary lined US 50 flanked
by soldiers in full uniform as the procession passed by. Students
from the Southeastern Career Center lined the highway in Versailles
with sobs being heard as the family passed through with their
Versailles fire and police departments turned out in full force
with help from area police departments. Sheriff Tom Grills led
through town along with motorcycle policemen from the Indiana
State Police. It was a group effort on many departments, agencies,
and businesses to make sure Cpl. Bishop was brought home in the
fashion he is so deserving of.
A private service was held for the family at Stratton-Karsteter
Funeral Home on Monday with public visitation set for Wednesday
from 3-9 at the Versailles Baptist Church Fellowship Hall. Funeral
services will be held Thursday with burial to follow in the Cliff
Those wanting to pay final respects are welcome to line the streets
on Thursday. The Bishop family expressed their gratitude to the
community for their overwhelming support.
ENGLISH BURNETT PHOTOS
Pictured above wife of Cpl. John Bishop, left, stands
with his mother, with a marine brother by their side as
the flag draped casket, pictured below, is brought from
the aircraft to be placed in the hearse for the final ride
home. The chartered plane landed at the North Vernon airstrip
where many family and friends were on hand to support each
other as they grieved for their loved one.