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Funeral arrangements made for fallen RI soldier

BRISTOL, R.I. (WPRI) — The Bristol native killed last week in a Taliban attack in Afghanistan will be laid to rest next to his brother, Eyewitness News has confirmed.

Bristol Town Administrator Antonio Teixeira confirmed the family of First Sgt. P. Andrew McKenna has made funeral arrangements for the Special Forces soldier.

A wake is scheduled from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday at St. Mary of the Bay in Warren. The funeral is planned at the same location at 11 a.m. Monday.

Teixeira said McKenna will be buried at St. Mary’s Cemetery on Chestnut Street in Bristol, next to his brother Patrick, who died in a motorcycle crash in 2005.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial contributions are made to 1SG P. Andrew McKenna, Jr. Memorial Scholarship Fund, C/O Citizens Bank, Bell Tower Plaza, 576 Metacom Avenue, Bristol, RI 02809 or to the Wounded Veteran Retreat Program, P.O. Box 619, Parkton, NC 28371.

The coffin containing McKenna’s body arrived at Dover Air Force Base early Monday morning. It will be flown into Quonset and then transported to Sansone Funeral Home in Bristol.

While Teixeira said it was up to the military when McKenna’s body will return to Rhode Island, it’s expected to happen this week. He said the Bristol Police Department will join Rhode Island State Police to escort McKenna’s body from Quonset to Bristol, and the Bristol Fire Department will provide a ladder truck to display an American flag at the burial site.

Rhode Island Gov. Gina Raimondo ordered flags lowered to half-staff in honor of McKenna, 35, who has been described as an American hero with multiple tours of duty overseas.

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