Garabrant to be honored, laid to rest on Saturday
Calling hours today, memorial Saturday at ConVal High
PETERBOROUGH — Large crowds are expected to gather at ConVal High School today and Saturday, for calling hours and a funeral service to honor one of the high school’s graduates, U.S. Marine Corporal Brandon Garabrant of Greenfield. Garabrant, 19, was killed in action by a roadside bomb, along with two of his fellow soldiers and a military service dog, while serving in Afghanistan on June 20. He was awarded the rank of Corporal posthumously.
Calling hours for Garabrant will be held today from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at ConVal High School. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 10 a.m., also at ConVal, with burial to follow at the N.H. State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen. All are welcome to attend either calling hours or funeral services.
Both calling hours and funeral services will be held in the high school gymnasium, according to ConVal Supt. Brendan Minnihan. The gym can hold approximately 1,700 to 1,800 people. Should attendance at Garabrant’s funeral service exceed that, those who are first to arrive will have priority, said Minnihan. Calling hours will be a procession. Parking for both calling hours and funeral services will be available in four locations; at the high school, in the lot at the back of South Meadow School, on the side of Route 202 North near the high school and on Vose Farm Road.
All parking areas are within walking distance to the high school, but there will also be shuttle services available for those who wish to use it or who have mobility limitations.
Funeral services on Saturday are expected to last approximately one hour, and the procession will move immediately following the funeral services to the interment ceremony in Boscawen.
The N.H. Patriot Guard Riders, a group of volunteers comprised of veterans and non-veterans, mostly motorcycle riders, are expected to attend Saturday’s funeral services to create a flag line honoring Garabrant, to greet arriving friends, family and dignitaries.
The flag line will form at ConVal High School at 9 a.m. The Guard Riders will also accompany Garabrant’s body to the cemetery and reform a flag line for internment services.
Governor Maggie Hassan has directed flags statewide to half-staff on Saturday and Sunday, in Garabrant’s honor.
“Though there is nothing that we can do to ease the pain of Lance Corporal Brandon Garabrant’s loss, we will continue to come together and do everything that we can to support his family, community and loved ones,” wrote Hassan in a press release issued Tuesday. “Lance Corporal Garabrant’s unyielding dedication to protecting his fellow citizens, both as a Marine and a volunteer firefighter, is an inspiration to all Granite Staters, and I join all our people in honoring the memory of our fallen hero.”
For more information, Facebook pages have been created for both events.
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