Calling hours held for fallen soldier
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ORANGE COUNTY, N.Y. -- Calling hours were held for the West Point soldier killed last week. Family and friends of Army Major Thomas Kennedy gathered at Hogan's Funeral Home in Highland Falls Thursday.
Kennedy was killed during a suicide attack in Afghanistan, less than a month after he arrived in the country.
The West Point graduate and hockey player leaves behind a wife and two children.
A long line of hundreds stretched out the door of the funeral home as family and friends came to say their final goodbyes. Many of those people included fellow service members.
Local officials who attended the wake say they felt it was necessary to pay their respects to a man who fought for our country.
"A loss like this is a tragedy for everyone and it's especially tough when you lose a young man who was spoken of so highly and had accomplished so much," said Assemblywoman Nancy Calhoun.
"I just wanted to be able to express my deepest condolences to the family and to thank Major Kennedy and his entire family for his service and to bless their children and their entire family," said Orange County legislator Katie Bonelli.
The funeral ceremony will take place Friday morning at 10 a.m. at the Cadet Chapel at West Point. A private burial will follow at the West Point cemetery, where Major Kennedy will be buried with full military honors. A public reception will follow at Tate Rink.