KENTWOOD, Mich. (WZZM) - The body of a Navy SEAL, killed in Afghanistan, was returned home to West Michigan. SO2 David Warsen was flown into Gerald Ford International airport Monday afternoon.
On Patterson Avenue, people showed their support. Sandy Hopkins knew the family well. "They've been neighbors of ours. My son is same age, 27. They grew up together. He was such a great, great person."
Warsen was killed earlier this month, along with several others, when their helicopter went down in Afghanistan. Warsen was a graduate of East Kentwood High School. "Just a great, typical, all American kid."
The procession included law enforcement, friends and family, and several members of the Patriot Guard. As it headed toward the funeral home in Cutlerville, 5th graders from Dutton Christian School, were lowering the American flag. After their lesson in flag etiquette, the students joined several others on 68th street. They were dressed in red, white, and blue and waved the American flag.
Laura Lamoreaux says, "We have family that served in the military and members that are currently serving and we feel it's important to support all families."
Hopkins says, "Whether you agree or disagree with the war, it's a great thing to be an American and this important to be here."
Visitation for Warsen will be Wednesday at Mars Hill Bible Church in Grandville from 1-7 p.m. The funeral will be Thursday at Mars Hill Thursday at 11:00 a.m.