FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) — Funeral arrangements have been set for a Fort Wayne Marine killed in a NATO exercise crash earlier this month.
The body of 27-year-old Capt. Matthew J. Tomkiewicz will arrive at the 122nd Fighter Wing in Fort Wayne on Saturday at 1 p.m., according to the One Warrior Foundation, which works with the Veteran community.
A “Celebration of Matthew’s Life” will be held Sunday at Parkview Field, according to his obituary from D.O. McComb and Sons. The celebration is not open to the public.
The family requests only family members, friends and loved ones attend. According to One Warrior Foundation’s Executive Director Misty Frost, they ask the public to show its support along either of two planned processions routes.
SATURDAY (1 p.m. start)
Procession will travel from the 122nd Fighter Wing to Bluffton Road to Broadway to Main Street to the D.O. McComb & Sons Tribute Center at 2307 W. Main St. People are asked to start lining the road at Bluffton and Ferguson Roads.
SUNDAY (noon start)
Procession will travel from McComb Tribute Center to Ewing Street to Parkview Field.
“We understand the public’s desire to show support, especially when you have the veteran community that they want to be able to show support on an even, maybe, deeper level than what some of the community members understand because of the fact that they have that commonality of service,” Frost said. “We see that and we respect that, especially the family sees that and respects that. But it’s a balance right now between allowing the public to grieve and allowing the family to mourn.”
Frost is urging people to brings flags and signs and show the family their gratitude and appreciation for Capt. Tomkiewicz by lining up roadside along the two routes.
“Please, just as much as you can as a community, show them your love and your support because they need it. As private as they are, they still have a very open, public wound in the fact that this is a big deal that everybody in America knows about. So, we need to come together as a community and show them that this is not a loss in vain, that this is not something that’s going to be forgotten about, that this will carry on with us,” Frost said.
A memorial fund has been established for those who wish to give donations. You can donate to the Matthew J. Tomkiewicz Memorial Fund HERE.
The following information was made available for those able to attend services at Parkview Field:
The viewing will be from 1:30 until 4:15 p.m. with the memorial service following at 4:30 p.m.
The viewing will be located on the Parkview Field concourse. Family, friends and loved ones may use the South Gate of the ballpark to enter, located at the corner of Ewing and Brackenridge Streets.
The memorial service will take place from the field.
The gates to Parkview Field will open at 1:30 p.m. on Sunday.
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