Dunedin honors fallen soldier with burial plot
The city of Dunedin will foot the $3,500 cost of a cemetery plot for Army Spc. Zack Shannon.
The 21-year-old Dunedin native was among five U.S. soldiers who died in a March 11 helicopter crash near Kandahar, Afghanistan.
Upon his wishes, he was buried today at Dunedin Cemetery rather than Arlington National Cemetery.
"We’re going to tell the family that the plot here in the city is on the residents of this community, and I think that’s just a great message to send," Mayor Dave Eggers told his City Commission colleagues, who unanimously supported the gesture last week.
Florida Gov. Rick Scott decreed that all state and national flags outside the Pinellas County Courthouse, Dunedin City Hall and the Capitol in Tallahassee be flown at half-staff today in Shannon's memory.
Several businesses hung signs and banners, while hundreds of people across the Tampa Bay area lined the streets to pay tribute to the late Black Hawk helicopter mechanic during homecoming celebrations this week.