Commuters should expect some heavy traffic Tuesday along the Capital Beltway for an early morning funeral procession of a Maryland military officer who died in Afghanistan.
WASHINGTON – Commuters should expect some heavy traffic Tuesday along the Capital Beltway for an early morning funeral procession of a Maryland military officer who died in Afghanistan.
Beginning at 5 a.m., the funeral procession for Major Robert J. Marchanti II, will travel from the Evans Funeral Chapel in Parkville, Md., along the Capital Beltway to Arlington National Cemetery.
Marchanti, 48, of Baltimore, died of wounds he received during an attack Feb. 25 in Afghanistan. He was one of two military advisers killed in an attack at the Interior Ministry in Kabul.
The Taliban has claimed responsibility, calling the killings retaliation for the burning of Qurans at a U.S. base.
Marchanti was assigned to the 29th Infantry Division Security Partnering Team of the Maryland Army National Guard.
The Maryland State Police are asking drivers to use caution when traveling alongside the procession. They also ask drivers to consider taking an alternate route to work.
This is the route of the funeral procession:
The Maryland State Police are working with the State Highway Administration, the Maryland Transportation Authority Police, the Baltimore County Police, and the Maryland State Highway Administration to coordinate the procession.
Additionally, Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley has ordered that the U.S. and state flags be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset in memory of Marchanti.
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