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Valrico family to bury fallen Army first lieutenant

TAMPA — As a procession winds its way from MacDill Air Force Base to Riverview on Thursday morning, the public will have a chance to pay last respects to Army 1st Lt. Ivan D. Lechowich.

Lechowich, 27, was killed on Sept. 28 by an improvised explosive device while he and his unit were dismantling several roadside bombs in the Ghazni Province of Afghanistan.

He died just days after his daughter, Natalie Marie, was born.

Lechowich's remains will arrive at 9:05 a.m. and will be taken from MacDill to Serenity Meadows Memorial Park and Funeral Home in Riverview. The escort will begin around 9:45 a.m.

The Lutz Patriots and the Troop Support Alliance will be set up in front of the Colonnade Restaurant, at 3401 Bayshore Blvd., to show their support. They have invited the public to join them.

Members of the public who wish to pay their respects can do so anywhere along the way. The procession will leave MacDill through its Bayshore Gate and go the following route:

• North on Bayshore Boulevard

• North on S Magnolia Avenue

• East on Platt Street

• North on Plant Street

• East on Kennedy Boulevard

• South on Ashley Street

• East on Jackson Street

• North on N Jefferson Street

• East on Twiggs Street

• North on Channelside Drive

• East on State Road 60

• South on Kings Avenue

• West on Lumsden Road

• South on Providence Road

• Arrive at Serenity Meadows Memorial Park, 919 Providence Road in Riverview

Valrico family to bury fallen Army first lieutenant 10/13/11 [Last modified: Thursday, October 13, 2011 7:43pm]
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