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Fallen Soldier's Return Honored along Bayshore Boulevard

Bruce Hockensmith
Lutz Patriots

The Tampa Bay community honored another of its fallen warriors Monday which included the traditional Fallen Hero motorcycle escort by the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office along Bayshore Boulevard and into downtown Tampa.

Army Specialist Zachary L. Shannon of Dunedin, 21, died on March 11, 2013 in Kandahar, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division, Hunter Army Airfield, Ga. He was aboard a UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter when it crashed.

Shannon's remains arrived at MacDill Air Force Base  Monday morning. Members of the MacDill community and Tampa residents came out to line the route of his escort and show their support for Shannon's family.

Credit Bruce Hockensmith / Lutz Patriots
Lutz Patriots
The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office escort of "Fallen Hero" Army Spc. Zachary Shannon along Tampa's Bayshore Boulevard.

The Lutz Patriots and Troop Support Alliance set up in front of The Colonnade Restaurant.  These photos are courtesy of Bruce Hockensmith, head of the Lutz Patriots, and Shelly Vail of Troop Support Alliance.

A proclamation from the governor called for the flags to be flown at half-staff at Dunedin City Hall, Pinellas County Courthouse and at the Capitol Building in Tallahassee on Wednesday, March 27, 2013, in honor of Army Specialist Zachary Lee Shannon.

Bobbie O’Brien has been a Reporter/Producer at WUSF since 1991. She reports on general news topics in Florida and the Tampa Bay region.
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