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Kennesaw Salutes Fallen Soldier

Residents came out to pay their respects to Army 1st Lt. Jonathan Walsh on Wednesday, and a memorial service is planned for today at 2:30 at KSU.

will honor its first alumnus killed while serving in the military during a special ceremony today on the campus green.

American flags flew proudly in downtown Kennesaw Wednesday as the city honored fallen Kennesaw soldier 1st Lt. Jonathan Walsh, who was killed by an improvised explosive device while serving in Afghanistan.

Walsh was escorted by law enforcement and 50 riders from the Patriot Riders motorcycle group following the arrival of his remains at in Marietta.

Walsh, a 28-year-old paratrooper, .

Walsh was an infantry platoon leader with the 2nd Battalion, 504th Parachute Infantry Regiment. He is survived by his wife and son, Debbra and Austin Walsh, who live in Raeford, N.C., and his parents, Paul and Carolyn Walsh, of Kennesaw.

He graduated from Coles College of Business in 2008. A memorial service is planned at Kennesaw State today at 2:30 p.m. on its campus green, located between Kennesaw Hall and the Burruss Building.

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