Sunday, October 11, 2009

Today's Motorcade Route for Fallen Soldier

Law enforcement agencies in Loudoun County will be escorting the body of fallen soldier and Purcellville resident Stephan L. Mace today, Sunday, October 11.

The body of Mace, who was 21 at the time of his death, will be flown from Dover Air Force Base in Delaware to Leesburg Executive Airport and is due to arrive at 8:28 a.m. Members of the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office Motor Squad, as well as personnel from the Leesburg Police Department, the Purcellville Police Department, the Middleburg Police Department and the Virginia State Police will be assisting with the escort to Hall Funeral Home in Purcellville.

The route will follow Sycolin Road to the Route 15/Route 7 Bypass and continue onto Route 7 westbound. The motorcade will then exit onto Route 9 (Charles Town Pike) and travel west on Colonial Highway through Hamilton and into Purcellville on Main Street ending at Hall Funeral Home on South Nursery Avenue. Delays along this route should be expected.

Those wishing to show their support are asked to line the roadway along the listed secondary roads (Sycolin Road, Colonial Hwy. through Hamilton, and Main St. or South Nursery Ave. in Purcellville). Please do not attempt to drive with the motorcade.

The Army specialist was among eight U.S. soldiers killed on October 3 during a firefight against more than 200 Taliban insurgents in the Nuristan Province of Afghanistan. A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. on Monday, October 12, at the Purcellville Baptist Church. Mace will be interred at 11 a.m. Monday, October 19, at Arlington National Cemetery.

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