HUNTER, N.Y. - The military honors funeral procession featuring the Patriot Guard Riders will travel from Dover, Delaware to Hunter, New York Friday, June 14th in honor of Joseph Morabito.
Morabito was tragically killed in Afghanistan last week while training others to bring stability to the country.
Morabito's body will travel via motorcade to Hunter with motorcycle escorts from various staging locations along the NYS Thruway.
Morabito served his county proudly and with distinction. He is a veteran of the U.S. Navy having served aboard the USS Kitty Hawk while stationed off the coast of Iran during the hostage crisis. After the Navy, he continued his law enforcement career as a Federal Law Enforcement Official with the Department of Defense – eventually retiring from that organization. Among his many assignments – Swat Team leader, Firearms instructor, Port Security and Counter Terrorism. After his retirement from the DOD, he worked for a private security firm with the Defense Department. Morabito became as expert at working with our military men and women to make them the best Military Police they could be. This also included working with the local indigenous police officials and providing instruction to them as well. Three tours of Iraq, one tour in Haiti and two tours in Afghanistan.
Morabito was killed last Saturday, just days shy of his 55th birthday, along with two other New York soldiers, 40-year army Lieutenant Colonel Todd Clark, a CBA grad, and 39-year-old Army Major Jamie Leonard, while doing the job he loved.
Services for Morabito will be held on both Saturday and Sunday at the Aston-Basagic Funeral Home in Hunter.
On Monday morning there will be a catholic mass at Immaculate Conception Church in Haines Falls with full military service.