Hassan: Flags to half-staff to honor service of MarineBy MEGHAN PIERCE
Union Leader Correspondent
July 01. 2014 8:04PM
PETEROROUGH — Gov. Maggie Hassan issued an order Wednesday that New Hampshire flags be lowered to half-staff on Saturday and Sunday to honor fallen Marine Brandon Garabrant on the day of his burial and the day following his burial.
“Though there is nothing that we can do to ease the pain of Lance Cpl. Brandon Garabrant’s loss, we will continue to come together and do everything that we can to support his family, community and loved ones. Lance Cpl. 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,” Hassan said in a statement Wednesday.
Calling hours are at ConVal Regional High School in Peterborough on Thursday from 2 to 8 p.m.
On Saturday, a service for Garabrant is planned to take place at ConVal at 10 a.m. followed by a burial service at the New Hampshire State Veterans Cemetery in Boscawen.
Garabrant’s remains arrived at Manchester-Boston Regional Airport Saturday morning. The hearse carrying his body to Jellison Funeral Home on Route 202/Concord Street in Peterborough was escorted to Peterborough on Route 101 by a large procession of vehicles led by New Hampshire State Police, said Peterborough Fire Department spokesperson Jim Grant.
The caravan included Peterborough fire and police, Derry police, the Marine Guard and about 100 motorcyclists representing Rolling Thunder and the Patriot Guard.
Greeting Garabrant’s Peterborough arrival were more than 100 people along Concord Street, including members of the Peterborough Fire Department and the Jaffrey Fire Department Color Guard.
Over Route 101 at Route 45 in Temple, the Temple Fire Department used their ladder truck to hang a large American flag over the procession, Grant said.
On top of the more than 100 people awaiting his arrival in Peterborough, more people lined Route 101 from Temple to Peterborough, Grant said.
On June 20, Garabrant was one of three Marines killed by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan, where he was serving in the final months of America’s combat mission there.The 19-year-old Marine grew up Greenfield and graduated from ConVal in 2013. Garabrant was a Fire Explorer and Police Explorer in Peterborough and a Temple firefighter before he joined the Marines.
Additionally both his parents, John and Jessie Garabrant, where at one time members of the Peterborough Fire Department. He had a younger brother and sister, Jacob and Mykala.