Fallen soldier’s arrival delayed until Wednesday evening
October 5, 2011
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. – The arrival of U.S. Army Spc. Garrett Fant’s body to South Lake Tahoe has been delayed due to weather. His body is now tentatively scheduled to be flown into Lake Tahoe Airport about 6 p.m. Wednesday.
Fant died Sept. 26 from injuries he suffered after his unit was attacked by an improvised explosive device in the Helmand province of Afghanistan. He was 21. Fant attended South Tahoe High School and has lifelong connections to the South Shore.
An “honor ride” is being planned by several motorcycle groups following the arrival of Fant’s body. The details of the ride have not been confirmed.
There will be a public viewing at McFarlane Mortuary from 4-7 p.m. Thursday, according to a statement from the South Tahoe Chamber of Commerce.
Services for Fant will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Sierra Community Church, according to the statement, which encourages business owners and residents to fly U.S. flags beginning Wednesday.
Following Friday’s services, a celebration of Fant’s life will be held at Classic Cue, located at 1965 Lake Tahoe Boulevard.
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On Sept. 30, California Governor Jerry Brown ordered flags to be flown at half-staff over the State Capitol to honor Fant.
On Monday, South Lake Tahoe ordered city flags lowered to half-staff through Saturday in memory of Fant, said City Clerk Susan Alessi in an email.
“Our deepest sympathies to his family and friends and recognition for his dedicated service to our country,” Alessi said.
For questions regarding donations for the celebration, contact Shelby Martin at 530-318-9857.