Jacksonville FL. Honored the return and final resting place with a motorcade through the city today.
Buddy Harris says, “We got Scott.” The remains of Captain Scott Speicher are back home nearly two decades after he left for the Persian Gulf War.
Harris was Speicher’s best friend. He is now married to Speicher’s widow, Joanne.
Harris spoke to the media for about 15 minutes outside of the NAS JAX chapel where Speicher’s remains were taken. He would not take questions from reporters, but said it was a heartbreaking day for his wife and children.
“This is the ultimate definition of bittersweet,” said Harris…..Rest Here
JACKSONVILLE, FL — The city, friends and military across the city gave a final salute this morning to Captain Scott Speicher.
The remains of the Navy pilot left the All Saints Chapel at NAS Jacksonville at 9 this morning, after military personnel paid their respects.
There was a steady stream of people through the chapel well into the night and again this morning.
The public salute to the fallen hero began at 9 a.m. when the procession left NAS Jacksonville for the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Wall downtown.
“The wall, to me, is the altar of freedom in Jacksonville,” said Dan McCarthy, the former Military Affairs liaison for the City of Jacksonville. “It is where we come to remember the bravery of the men and women who serve our country. We were here not long ago for Memorial Day. We were here for Purple Heart Day. Now, today we come for Captain Speicher.”……………Link to Rest Here and More
Jon Kern, a teacher at Mandarin Middle School, waited 18 years to hear what really happened to Navy Captain Michael “Scott” Speicher.
During the wait, he made it his personal mission to keep the memory of the missing hometown hero alive.
Kern created the Letters for Speicher Campaign, which ultimately led to a book in memory of the Jacksonville Captain missing since 1991……………..