MIDLAND CITY, Ala. (WDHN) — This morning an airplane carrying the body of Joshua Kaleb Watson, the sailor who gave his life-saving others in the Pensacola shooting last Friday.
A processional shortly followed the arrival which brought Watson from Dothan Regional Airport to Enterprise.
Many showed up to show their support while Watson was en route.
“It’s incomprehensible what it takes to offer up your life,” said Dave Fassett, a retired U.S. Army soldier.
The procession went through Midland City, Pinckard, Newton, Daleville, and then his hometown, Enterprise.
The streets were lined with people holding American flags, military personnel, and retired military.
All honoring and showing respect towards the Watson family.
“It was a great honor for me to be out here today to honor that fine young man that’s a hero, local Deanna Russell said. “My father was killed 22 days before I was born in Vietnam, and I think that more people should get out and honor these heroes.”
Newton Elementary put out flags in front of their school.
There were also flags put in front of Newton’s Hero’s Park, and they closed the town hall.
“He has sacrificed his life in order to serve our country,” Newton Mayor Bill Pruett said. “Even though he might not have been in a war specifically, he was serving the United States.”