HANOVER -- Large-scale ceremonies are planned
town-wide Wednesday to mark the death of a Cedar Knolls Marine who
graduated from Whippany Park High School.
The 23-year-old Marine Lance Cpl., Christopher Cosgrove III, was
killed in a suicide car bombing while manning a checkpoint in Iraq
Oct. 1. He graduated from Whippany High School in 2001.
"I am hoping Hanover will make a grand showing to honor our local
fallen Marine," Township Committeeman Len Fariello said in an e-mail
Cosgrove is the first member of the military from Hanover to die
in combat since the Vietnam War,. Hanover has lost 19 people in
armed combat overseas, mostly during World War II, Fariello said.
The Morris County Freeholders donated 1,500 flags to the Township of
Hanover for use during the Cosgrove funeral precession.
Whippany Park High School's band and color guard, football team,
varsity cheerleaders and others also will participate.
The funeral precession will travel on Whippany Road to Park
Avenue, pass Cosgrove's neighborhood in Trailwood, to St. Vincent's
Church in Madison then to the Gates of Heaven Cemetery in East
Police Capt. Shawn Waldron said the Cosgrove funeral procession
Wednesday morning will shut down several streets. Whippany Road
between Parsippany Road and Ford Hill Road will be closed for about
15 minutes around 9:30 a.m. while the funeral precession passes by
Police expect delays along Whippany Road, Park and Ridgedale
avenues in Cedar Knolls from from 9:45 to 10:45 a.m. Delays are also
expected on Ridgedale Avenue in Florham Park, Madison and East
Hanover from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m.
Visitation for Cosgrove is from 1 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 9 p.m. today
- at the Birchwood Manor, 11 North Jefferson Road in Whippany.
Relatives of Cosgrove created the Web site http://www.chriscosgrove.org/, where hundreds of
people have left messages of condolence.
In lieu of flowers, relatives ask that donations be made to any
of the following the charities: The Lance Cpl. Christopher Cosgrove
Memorial Scholarship, Whippany Park High School 165 Whippany Rd.,
Whippany, N.J. 07981; Marines Helping Marines, 18 S. Belair Ave.,
Cedar Knolls, N.J. 07927 or the Marine Corps Law Enforcement
Foundation, P.O. Box 37, Mountain Lakes, N.J. 07046.