The motorcade route for a fallen local marine killed in Afghanistan last week has been finalized for Friday, March 9.
Hundreds of schoolchildren and community members are expected to line the streets to pay their respects to Cpl. Conner Lowry, 24, a Humvee gunner who died in Afghanistan on March 1. Lowry was a 2006 graduate of Brother Rice High School and resided in Beverly. His death is still being investigated.
His body is expected to arrive at Midway Airport around 8 a.m. Friday, where he will be met by family members and a funeral honors team from the 2nd Battalion 24th Marine Regiment Reservists stationed at Foster and Kedzie Avenue in Chicago.
After a short, private military service for his family, Lowry will be transferred to the motorcade for a “dignified transfer.”
“From the time he arrives in Chicago until everything is done, our funeral honors team will be out there,” Marine Staff Sgt. Chad Falkos said, the casualty assistance officer assigned to be with Lowry/Lavin family. “The funeral honor detail will carry him in and out of every place along the way. The marines take care of their own.”
Community members are encouraged to join students at local schools in Oak Lawn, Mt. Greenwood and Beverly lining the motorcade route in a show of respect for Cpl. Lowry.
Those wishing to show their respect for Cpl. Lowry are encouraged to bring American flags and begin lining up on the motorcade route at 8:45 a.m. Friday.
Lowry’s body will lie in state at St. John Fisher Church, with visitation from 2 to 9 p.m. Friday.
A Mass is planned for 10 a.m. Saturday at St. John Fisher Church. Burial is at Burial is at Holy Sepulchre Cemetery in Alsip.
The motorcade route to Holy Sepulchre Cemetary has not been announced, but the Chicago Fire Department announced that firefighters will line 103rd Street when Lowry’s casket leaves the church following the funeral on Saturday, March 10.
Following is the motorcade route for Marine Cpl. Conner Thomas Lowry, Friday, March 9:
- Lowry’s body is expected to arrive at 8 a.m. at Midway Airport. Following a short military service for family and friends.
- A procession will follow, from Midway Airport south on Cicero Avenue to 103rd Street.
- East on 103rd Street to Pulaski Road.
- North past Brother Rice High School, east on 99th Street past Mother McAuley High School.
- Students from Brother Rice and Mother McAuley will line Pulaski and 99th Street holding American flags. The motorcade will stop directly in front of Brother rice, where an honor guard will play “Taps,” accompanied by a trumpet played by a Brother Rice student who is a close friend of Conner’s family.
- After Brother Rice, the motorcade will continue south on Central Park Avenue past Queen of Martyrs School.
- East from Queen of Martyrs on 103rd Street to St. John Fisher School and Church at 10234 S. Washtenaw Ave. in Chicago.
Patch will update the motorcade procession if there are any changes to the route.