Woodbridge Honors Memory Of “Hometown Hero” Killed In Afghanistan

WOODBRIDGE – Community members are being asked to honor the memory of United States Marine Corporal Kevin J. Reinhard of Colonia, who was killed on Jan. 19 when the CH-53D helicopter he was riding in crashed in Helmand Province, Afghanistan.

On Monday, Jan. 30, all state buildings will fly their flags at half-staff to honor the honor Reinhard’s service and sacrifice. And township officials are asking residents wishing to honor Reinhard to line both sides of Inman Avenue from the intersection of Jordan and Amherst Avenue to the cemetery as he is driven to his final resting place Monday morning. The funeral procession will move along Inman Avenue beginning at approximately 11:15 a.m. on Jan. 30.

Reinhard, 25, was raised in Woodbridge and attended Ramapo College and Middlesex County College. In 2008, he interrupted his studies to enlist in the United States Marine Corps. He was assigned to Marine Heavy Helicopter Squadron 363, Marine Aircraft Group 24, 1st Marine Aircraft Wing, III MEF, Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii; supporting Operation Enduring Freedom.

The wake for Reinhard is scheduled for Saturday, Jan. 28 and Sunday, Jan. 29 from 2 – 4 p.m. and 7 – 9 p.m. at Gosselin Funeral home in Edison. A funeral Mass will be held at St. Agnes Church in Clark at 9:45 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 30 followed by burial at St. Gertrude’s Cemetery on Inman Avenue in Colonia.

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