Flags are flying at half staff on government buildings around the State of New York today in honor of Corporal Christopher Bordoni, a U.S. Marine from Ithaca who succumbed last week to injuries sustained in Helmand Province in January. After a flight from Texas this afternoon, Bordoni's body and his family will be escorted from Syracuse back to Ithaca by police, firefighters, and Patriot Guard Riders.
Bordoni was critically injured in a suicide bomber attack just weeks before he was to return home from his tour of duty in Afghanistan. His family says several other military service members, police, and civilians were also injured or killed in the attack.
Patriot Guard Riders provide a flag line at Bath National Cemetery. Photo from PGRNY web site.For today's motorcade, the family requested an escort from the Patriot Guard Riders of New York. The volunteer organization says they will provide a motorcycle escort for the trip from Syracuse to Ithaca, and flag lines to honor the fallen Marine on his return to Ithaca tonight, as well as at calling hours on Wednesday and the funeral service and burial on Thursday.
Cpl. Bordoni's motorcade will depart Hancock International Airport at approximately 6:15pm, travel down Interstate 81 to Route 281 through Cortland, then take Route 13 to Ithaca's Stewart Park exit. From there, it will travel south on Cayuga Street to Seneca Street, turn right towards Plain Street, and turn left to Green Street and the Bangs Funeral Home. The City of Ithaca anticipates congested traffic as the motorcade passes through town.
Along the motorcade route, several local fire departments will pay their respects. Ladder companies from the Cortland, Cortlandville, Homer, Dryden, Cayuga Heights, Lansing, and Ithaca fire departments will fly American flags from their ladder trucks. The Ithaca Police Department says those who wish to pay their respects may line the non-highway portions of the motorcade route, and suggest arriving early and parking away from the highway.
Corporal Bordoni's family will receive friends and guests from 2-7pm Wednesday at the Immaculate Conception Church on North Geneva Street between West State Street and West Seneca Street. A receiving line will proceed along Geneva Street, and callers will enter the church through the front doors and exit through side doors on Seneca Street. A drop-off zone will be provided on Seneca Street at the corner of Geneva Street, but no parking will be permitted there. A handicap accessible entrance to the church is available via the parking lot.
On Thursday morning, the church doors will open at 9am to allow seating for the 10am funeral service. The City of Ithaca says the 100 and 200 blocks of North Geneva Street, 100 block of South Geneva Street, and 100-200 blocks of West State Street will be closed to accomodate vehicles in the funeral procession. One lane of West Seneca Street, Route 79 westbound, will be kept open, but one lane will be closed between Cayuga Street and Albany Street.
For Wednesday's calling hours and Thursday's funeral service, the City of Ithaca says they anticipate traffic congestion and limited parking availability. They suggest motorists avoid the area, and those attending park in the City garages on Seneca Street, Green Street, or Cayuga Street.