BOURNE — The road leading to Massachusetts National Cemetery will be lined with people showing their respect for a fallen Marine on Friday.
Becket Kiernan, 18, of Rochester, died Feb. 5 at the Twentynine Palms Marine base in California from an aggressive bacterial infection called necrotizing fasciitis.
In a Facebook post Tuesday, Alexander Yukna of Mashpee called for people to line Route 28 from the Bourne Bridge to the entrance of the national cemetery starting between 10 and 10:30 a.m. as a show of support for Kiernan's family. Fire departments, military vehicles and a number of people have already committed to being on hand, Yukna said, adding that attendees should be prepared for inclement weather.
“It's going to be something rather impressive,” said Yukna, who serves in the Army Reserve with the 716th Engineers.
Kiernan was a 2017 graduate of Old Rochester Regional High School and thrived in the environment of the Fall River Young Marines, a youth organization for boys and girls ages 8 to 18, earning high praise from adult leaders.
He spent a little over six years in the Young Marines, where he distinguished himself by earning the rank of Young Marine master gunnery sergeant, the highest rank one can obtain in the organization, said Frank Andrade, unit commander and a Marine.
Friends Amy Salvadore and Cynthia Alfama have started a GoFundMe page in Becket’s honor, gofundme.com/remembering-becket-kiernan.
The funeral Mass is at 9:30 a.m. Friday at St. Anthony’s Church in Mattapoisett. Burial will follow at Massachusetts National Cemetery.