A Marine from Highland will be laid to rest next week. 26 year old Corporal Aaron Ripperda was one of seven members of the Second Marine Division killed in an explosion last week during a training exercise in Nevada. He was close to the end of five years in the Marine Corp, and according to his parents, was planning to pursure his education at SIU-Edwardsville.
A visitation for Corporal Ripperda will be held next Tuesday at the Meredith Funeral Home in Highland from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m. The funeral Mass is next Wednesday at 10:00a.m. at St. Paul Catholic Church in Highland, with burial to take place at St. Mary's Cemetery near Carlyle Lake.