By John Veasey
Times West Virginian
A military funeral is planned in Mannington on Sunday.
But it’s probably unlike any military funeral ever held around here.
The deceased — Sgt. Jerome Kiger — was a victim of war in 1944 in a plane crash. Now, on Sunday, 69 years after the day he died, Kiger will be laid to rest at Mannington Memorial Park. He will be buried between the graves of his parents.
Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin has declared Sunday as Jerome E. Kiger Day in West Virginia. He asks that all federal and state flags be flown at half-mast.
The Kiger family is honoring and expressing their gratitude to all military personnel by inviting them to participate in the procession and attend the burial service.
Kiger’s remains are being flown from Hawaii to Pittsburgh today on a 747, where a military planeside service will be held. The entire Kiger family plans to be there. The Patriot Guard, a military unit, will then escort the casket from Pittsburgh to Hutson Funeral Home in Mannington.