The newest addition to the New Bedford Regional Airport is being dedicated to Fairhaven's fallen Marine.

Michael Knabbe, Airport Commission Vice Chair and friend of the Rodriguez family says the playground recently installed by the Atlantic Aviators will be renamed the Lance Corporal Matthew Rodriguez Memorial Playground. Knabbe says the playground will continue Matthew's legacy of joy.

A memorial bench will also be installed in Rodriguez's memory.

Rodriguez's mother, Lisa Rodriguez, is a long-time pilot and member of the Atlantic Aviators.

Rodriguez was killed in Afghanistan on December 11th while sweeping for improvised explosive devices.

His body is arriving at the New Bedford Airport around 1pm this afternoon, with a procession to follow.