July 23, 2014

Medina
Thunderstorms
70°F

Riderless tribute


Cleveland Patrolman Abraham Cortes leads 22-year-old Commander behind the hearse carrying the flag-draped casket of U.S. Army (Ret.) 1st Lt. Carl Delau on Friday at the Ohio Western Reserve National Cemetery in Rittman. Commander served as the riderless horse, a practice believed to originate around the time of Genghis Khan and, in the United States, usually is reserved for an Army or Marine Corps officer who attained the rank of colonel or above. Delau, 89, died Saturday in Amherst. Sgt. James Berry of the Cleveland Mounted Police said Delau, who retired as a captain on the Cleveland force in 1978, also was a mounted police trustee. (Andrew Dolph | Staff photographer)