Tuesday, August 16, 2016

After 65 years, Cpl. Ronald Sparks is finally home again

I paused by Harvard Epworth Church next to Harvard Law School and across from the Cambridge Common to watch the motorcade go by ...

... because this had appeared in my inbox yesterday ...

Please join Arlington to support Army Veteran from Korean War
On Feb. 12, 1951, Cpl. Ronald M. Sparks, United States Army, became missing in action (MIA) while his unit was clearing a road block held by the opposing forces in the vicinity of Hoengsong, Republic of Korea.  A repatriated American Prisoner of War reported that PFC Sparks died while in captivity at POW Camp 1, Changsong, Democratic People’s Republic of North Korea on May 26, 1951.  His remains will be returned to the U.S. on Tuesday, 16 AUG 2016.

His remains will arrive at Boston's Logan Airport and be escorted past his childhood home in Cambridge.  From Cambridge, the escort will continue to DeVito Funeral Home, 1145 Massachusetts Avenue, Arlington, MA.  The procession entering Arlington will be at approximately 1:00-2:00PM (exact times are not available at this time).  A wake will be held at DeVito Funeral Home on Thursday 18 AUG 2016, from 5-8:00PM.  Graveside services will be conducted at Woodlawn Cemetery in Everett, MA on Friday, 19 AUG 2016.  All residents are encouraged to line Massachusetts Avenue on Tuesday 16 AUG 2016 to welcome home and pay respects to a fallen hero.