9911 Seminole Blvd. Seminole, FL 33772       Ph. 727-397-5563   View TBN's FREE e-Edition today!  
Click here to learn more
Dunedin Beacon Facebook Twitter
Friends of fallen soldier celebrate his life
See related stories
Article published on
  Print E-Mail
The Patriot Guard, veterans and others wait for the family of Zachery Shannon, who died in Afghanistan, to lead a procession into the VFW Post on Douglas Avenue Sunday afternoon.
DUNEDIN – Army Spc. Zachery L. Shannon, who died March 11 in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan, loved his job, a friend said Sunday, March 24.

Miles Springer, speaking to a crowd at an informal celebration of his life at the VFW Post on Douglas Avenue, said “we all know that that Zach loved helicopters. We got pictures of him in the slideshow, around 4 or 5 years old sitting in the helicopter, with an ear-to-ear grin on his face. He was very proud to do what he did. He loved his job, and he loved to fly in those things. What a way to go – doing what you love. If you have to go, there’s no more honorable way to go than that.”

Friends of the family were asked to eat food and have a beer.

“Zach wouldn’t want it any other way. I know him pretty well, and he would want you to enjoy this day in his honor and his name,” Springer said.

Among the attendees was Dunedin Mayor Dave Eggers.

“When you think about the importance of this day, when this community can put their arms around the family and say thank you, it doesn’t seem nearly enough to express what these men and women (in the military) who go to foreign lands do for us. It’s touching.”

He’s has come to know the family, he said, who are “strong people.”

Residents knew Shannon, 21, through ROTC and various functions, Eggers said.

“It’s a very solemn occasion, and for us as residents of Dunedin … he meant a lot to this community” Eggers said.

Shannon died in a helicopter crash. He was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd Aviation Regiment, 3rd Combat Aviation Brigade, 3rd Infantry Division out of Hunter Army Airfield in Savannah, Ga.

Four others died with Shannon. According to the Department of Defense, there were no reports of enemy activity in the area at the time the helicopter crashed. The incident is still under investigation.

Related Stories:
Article published on
Copyright © Tampa Bay Newspapers: All rights reserved.
Printable Version E-mail article
Community Focus Online
Featured Print Advertisers
Custom Couture of Tarpon Springs
208 East Tarpon Ave., Tarpon Springs
(727) 238-7194

Web site        View Ad
Abbey Carpet & Floor of Largo
13120 66th St. N.
(727) 524-1445

Web site        View Ad
US Ammo Depot
118 E. Tarpon Ave, Suite 208, Tarpon Springs
(727) 940-8636

Web site        View Ad
Florida Center for Back & Neck Pain
Dr. Greg Hollstrom
11444 Seminole Blvd.
(727) 393-6100

Web site        View Ad
Tarpon Springs Merchants Association

Oct. 15 - 18

Web site        View Ad
NuSmile Dental
13611 Park Blvd., Suite G
(727) 475-7866

Web site        View Ad
Bell Hearing Instruments, Inc.
801 West Bay Dr., Suite 405, Largo (727) 585-2675
Factory Location
700 Stevens Ave., Oldsmar (813) 814-2355

Web site        View Ad
Flooring America
9012 Seminole Blvd., Seminole
(727) 397-5509
100 Patricia Ave., Dunedin
(727) 733-1356

Web site        View Ad
Tarpon Springs Recreation Division
Zombie Run, 10/17
Coastal Cleanup, 10/7
Trunk or Treat, 10/31

Web site        View Ad
Senior Health Care Solutions

(866) 633-4427

Web site        View Ad
Five Fish Boutique
735 Dodecanese Blvd, Suite 1, Tarpon Springs
(727) 485-8660

Web site        View Ad
Oakhurst & East Bay Medical
13020 Park Blvd., Seminole
(727) 393-3404
3800 East Bay Dr., Largo
(727) 539-0505

Web site        View Ad
Omega Gamma Delta Fraternity
Looking for Alumni
Contact Mark Quering
Beta Chi 1972

Web site        View Ad
Law Office of Stephen C. Whalen, P.A.
1968 Bayshore Blvd., Dunedin
(727) 726-0439
(727) 409-7347(Cell)

Web site        View Ad
Tampa Bay Newspapers
Online Advertising
For information, e-mail
Online Services Directory
Tampa Bay Newspapers
9911 Seminole Blvd.,
Seminole, FL 33772
Phone: (727) 397-5563
Fax: (727) 397-5900
Submit News