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Community to Gather for Fallen Soldier's Procession

Veterans to show patriotic support Sunday for family of Specialist Jonathan Batista.

residents and tri-boro veterans will come together and line the shoulders of Kinnelon Road Sunday afternoon as a hearse carrying the body of fallen soldier Specialist Jonathan Batista will bring the Kinnelon resident home.

The hearse will drive toward for viewing hours. asked residents to line the roadway Sunday between Ricker Road and Stonehouse Road in a Nixle alert sent Friday afternoon.

Batista, 22, July 8 when his unit was attacked by enemy small arms fire.

Elmer Bott of the Butler VFW Post 8096 informed members of the procession and asked that veterans come to Kinnelon prepared at 2:15 p.m. with flags and veteran hats. The procession will begin at Scanlan Funeral Home, in Pompton Plains, and end at OLM. The hearse is expected to pass by the Kinnelon Municipal Building between 2:30 p.m. and 2:45 p.m.

A Kinnelon Borough official confirmed private viewing hours will be held at OLM for family members and close friends only at 3 p.m.

A funeral service will be held Monday morning with burial to follow, the official said.

Sean Gallagher July 13, 2012 at 05:06 PM
Kinnelon PD is sending out Nixle updates about this as well: www.nixle.us/7ZT99
bill bixby July 16, 2012 at 12:58 AM
Another beautiful American boy gone and or what? Because they hate our freedoms? Please, does anyone still believe this nonsense? They hate us because we are there on behalf of Israel - the real terrorists of the world. NO MORE WAR FOR ISRAEL!

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