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Dunedin soldier’s remains interred

Published:   |   Updated: March 28, 2013 at 07:39 AM

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The remains of Army Spc. Zack Shannon, who was killed in Afghanistan this month, were interred at the Dunedin Municipal Cemetery this afternoon.

The Pinellas County Sheriff’s Office provided an escort for Shannon’s family from Curlew Hills Memory Gardens in Palm Harbor to his hometown of Dunedin. A horse-drawn caisson and military escort ushered Shannon’s remains into the cemetery, where his family held a private service.

People lined the streets along the route from Palm Harbor to Dunedin and in front of the cemetery to pay their respects to Shannon, just as they did on Monday, when his body was flown back to MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa and was escorted to Palm Harbor.

Shannon, 21, joined the Army in 2010 after graduating from Dunedin High School, following in the footsteps of his dad and three older brothers. He became a helicopter mechanic and deployed to Afghanistan in December, his first trip to the warzone. He died March 11 after a Blackhawk helicopter on a training mission crashed in bad weather, killing all five people on board.

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