Tri-town residents honor fallen Marine on final journey

By Andrea Ray | Feb 16, 2018
Photo by: Andrea Ray Students comfort each other as they wave flags to honor the memory of former classmate Becket Kiernan, a Marine who died on Feb. 5 of a bacterial disease.

Mattapoisett — Becket Kiernan will not be forgotten.

The 18-year-old Marine died of necrotizing fasciitis, a flesh-eating bacterial disease, on February 5. Friends, classmates, former teachers, neighbors, veterans and emergency responders from all three towns all arrived at Old Rochester Regional High School to honor Kiernan's memory on February 16.

Old Rochester Regional's digital sign read, "Semper Fi, Becket," as high school students poured out of the doors. The students and teachers waved 1,600 American flags donated by the school's Parent-Teacher-Student Organization. They lined the school's main entryway, stretching across the front of the school, waiting to honor their fallen classmate on his final journey.

Many of the students remembered Kiernan, a student they said could cheer people up simply by passing them in the hallway.

Kiernan's procession began at St. Anthony's Church in Mattapoisett, and continued into Marion, and then towards Bourne. Kiernan was buried in Bourne's Massachusetts National Cemetery.

Below, see video of Kiernan's funeral procession. Video courtesy: Old Rochester Regional High School.

Students, staff, and members of Marion, Mattapoisett and Rochester's emergency responders await the funeral procession of Becket Kiernan. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Members of the New England Young Marines, based in Fall River, show their support for former Young Marine Becket Kiernan. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
A Young Marine shows one student how to salute properly. (Photo by: Erin Bednarcyzk)
American flags dominated the landscape far into the distance. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Godspeed, Marine—Kiernan's funeral procession approaches. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
Students held their flags high as Kiernan's procession arrived. (Photo by: Andrea Ray)
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