Procession for Bay Area soldier killed in action

February 5th, 2010 by

www.myfoxtampabay.com – The picturesque lanes of Bayshore Blvd became a path lined with sadness Thursday as the Bay Area honored one of its fallen soldiers.

The body of 28-year-old Sgt. Daniel Angus was escorted in a procession from MacDill Air Force Base through downtown to a funeral home in Riverview.

Angus was from Thonotosassa, graduating from Armwood High School, and joining the Marines in 2003. He served two tours in Iraq before deploying to Afghanistan in December, and was killed by an improvised explosive device while on foot patrol in late January.

At MacDill, Angus’ mother and wife walked to his flag-draped casket together. The family is proud, but his homecoming is painful.

Along Bayshore Boulevard, many who never knew Angus stood to honor him and waited for his procession to pass.

“I just couldn’t sit at home and let this young man come home by himself,” Dave McClure said.

“It’s a bitter sweet form of patriotism. It’s something we do not look forward to, but it’s something that we have to do,” said Bill Hamblin, president of the Bayshore Patriots.

The American flag waved proudly down Bayshore. It’s meaning, especially appreciated on this day.

“Those men and women give everything,” Manuela Woodrum said.

A mostly police and military motorcade escorted Angus’ body from MacDill to Riverview.

“It shows the family that they respect what their son did for this country and it’s an amazing country,” Woodrum said.

The procession reminded some of their loved ones lost to war.

“You think about Joseph and they’re all so young,” said Hamblin’s wife, Rosemary.

“I served in Vietnam and … nobody cared about us. I care about these guys,” said Joe Hudd, a rider with the Patriot Guard.

Angus leaves behind many friends and relatives, including his wife and daughter. His funeral is Saturday at 11 a.m. at First United Methodist Church of Brandon. Burial with honors will follow at Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell.


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