Lance Corporal Matthew R. Rodriguez made the ultimate sacrifice for his country when he was killed in action on December 11 while serving in Afghanistan. Those wishing to honor Rodriguez lined Route 6 in Fairhaven and Mattapoisett today to pay their respects for the fallen hero. The processional traveled from the New Bedford airport to the Saunders-Dwyers Funeral home in Mattapoisett where services will be held on Sunday.
LCPL Rodriguez’s funeral service will be held on Monday at 10am at the First Congregational Church of Fairhaven, 34 Center Street. Burial with full military honors will follow in the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne. Visiting hours will be on Sunday from 1-7pm at the Saunders-Dwyer Mattapoisett Home for Funerals, 50 County Road, Route 6, Mattapoisett. Additional offsite parking will be available at St. Anthony’s Church, 22 Barstow Street, Mattapoisett with continuous shuttle bus service to the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.