Angel Flight, Honor Escort, Lance Cpl. Freeman Comes Home

 A graduate of Plant City High School, a violin player turned Marine, a son, a husband and a father of two – Marine Lance Cpl. Ronald (Dougie) Freeman – was killed April 28, 2011 while “conducting combat operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan.

He was assigned to 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, 2nd Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp Lejeune.

Angel Flight is the term used for the plane that brings home warriors killed in action. Lance Cpl. Freeman’s Angel Flight is set to arrive at MacDill Air Force base around 1 p.m. Wednesday, 4 May.

Members of MacDill’s 6th Air Mobility Wing will handle the transfer Lance Cpl. Freeman and care for his family. As has become tradition, civilian and military personnel will line the streets on base to pay their respects to the family.

At 1:45 pm, Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office will lead the Honor Escort of the “Fallen Hero” from MacDill AFB north on Bayshore Boulevard to downtown Tampa.

The Lutz Patriots and the Troop Support Alliance will show their support along Bayshore at the Colonade Restaurant. The group invites the public to join them and bring an American flag.

The escort of Lance Cpl. Freeman will travel through downtown Tampa then east on State Road 60 with the eventual destination of East Thonotosassa Baptist Church, 12735 Knights Griffin Road, Thonotosassa.

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