Mayor Dave Eggers makes remarks during a ceremony March 11 to dedicate a Dunedin Little League field to Zack Shannon, who died in Afghanistan. In the foreground from the left are Steve Shannon, Zack’s brother; Kim Allison, Zack’s mother; Chip Allison, Kim’s husband; Eggers and Greater Dunedin Little League President Susan Semitecolos.
DUNEDIN – City officials and Little League representatives dedicated a field March 11 to Army Spc. Zack Shannon on the one-year anniversary of his death from a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.
At the request of the Greater Dunedin Little League board of directors, city commissioners agreed to rename Field 6 after Shannon.
During the ceremony, Little League President Susan Semitecolos said Shannon, who participated in Little League for many years, lost his life for “these little children so they can proceed and advance like he did and enjoy Dunedin and the freedom of our country. It is just a small way for us to show our gratitude and appreciation dedicating this field to him.”
Mayor Dave Eggers said in the past year, Shannon’s family “has opened up their hearts and their lives to all of us in this city and let us share in what they have gone through.”
He said that he has heard that Shannon was teaching children in Afghanistan about baseball.
“He loved to play baseball; he loved his city. More than anything else he just loved to be a part of this community and do things for other people,” Eggers said.
Shannon is the youngest of four military brothers. He spent four years in the Navy JROTC program at Dunedin High. He joined the Army and became a UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter mechanic.
Shannon’s mother, Kim Allison, told the crowd that it was “better to do something nice like this than to do something sad, solemn and that’s not what we are and that’s not what Zack was.”
“He loved Dunedin. This is where he told me he wanted to come home to,” Allison said.
A temporary sign was placed on the backstop fence at Field 6 in honor of Shannon. A larger sign eventually will replace the sign that will include some biographical information about him.