Volunteers are being sought to help put up and take down American flags Sunday to honor a Highland Marine killed in a training accident March 18.
U.S. Marine Corps Cpl. Aaron J. Ripperda, 26, died in Hawthorne, Nev., during a live-fire training exercise. Ripperda, a 2005 Highland High School graduate, was among the seven servicemembers killed in the explosion at the Hawthorne Army Depot.
Volunteers are needed to place approximately 2,200 American flags along the streets in Highland and later to take them down after the funeral. Volunteers should meet at the Highland VFW at 1900 VFW Road in Highland at 4 p.m. Sunday to put up the flags. To take down the flags, volunteers should meet at the VFW at 4 p.m. April 3.
Visitation for Ripperda will be held from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. April 2 and from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. April 3 at the Meridith Funeral Home in Highland.
A funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. April 3 at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland.
Burial will be in St. Mary Catholic Cemetery in Carlyle.
For more information about volunteering to place the flags, contact Chip Shaffer at 567-5315 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.