BREAKING NEWS: Theinert procession to arrive on Shelter Island today

The word circulated at about 10 o’clock this morning that Lt. Joseph J.
Theinert’s remains will arrive at Gabreski Airport at 3 p.m. today,
Wednesday, June 9, and a procession with military and police escort
will reach Shelter Island later this afternoon.
Lt. Theinert, who was from Shelter Island, is the son of Chrys Kestler
and stepfather Dr. Frank Kestler, who also have a home in Mattituck.
The path of the procession has been the mapped by the Shelter Island Police Department.
procession will begin at Gabreski Airport in Westhampton and proceed up
Riverhead Road/County Road 31 to Sunrise Highway. It will continue east
as the highway becomes Montauk Highway and into Bridgehampton, turning
left at the Founder’s Monument onto Bridgehampton-Sag Harbor turnpike.
procession will continue onto Main Street and straight into the Village
of Sag Harbor. Turning onto Route 114 north, the procession will cross
the Lance Corporal Jordan Haerter Veterans Memorial Bridge and continue
to South Ferry.
A maritime honor guard will line up on both sides of
the ferry crossing as the Southern Cross, to be renamed the Lt. Joseph
Theinert, returns him to his hometown of Shelter Island.
On the
Island, the procession will follow Route 114 north through the center
of town. It will cross Bridge Street and continue up Chase Avenue and
turn right to pass the Chequit Hotel and around on Waverley Place on to
Our Lady of the Isle Catholic Church.
Church bells will be rung on
Shelter Island when the procession reaches Sag Harbor. This is a call
to residents to line the Ferry Road route and honor their fallen hero.