The video was shot from the parent’s vehicle – No words, only sorrow, and so much pride!
HT: Gordon Scott who Notes The video shows the family as they ride through Pensacola NAS behind the hearse. As they pass through the gate, you can see a few people on each side lined up at attention, saluting. Then they get about 200 yards in, and from then on there is a continuous line of sailors in dress blues, on both sides of the road, saluting. This goes on for what must be two miles, as it takes nearly ten minutes for the vehicle to traverse the route. No one was ordered to show up. The sailors just did. Thousands of them.
Upon further review, the Marines were there also.
Well done, Navy, says the former Air Force guy.
Hundreds of sailors and Marines stood in long lines on both sides of a road at Naval Air Station Pensacola, Florida, in a silent and moving tribute Sunday as the parents of slain Ensign Joshua Kaleb Watson drove onto the base.
Benjamin and Sheila Watson posted a 10-minute Facebook video of their slow ride past the saluting service members. The only sounds on the video are Sheila Watson’s sobs. At one point, Benjamin Watson, at the wheel, reaches across to hold his wife’s hand.
Watson, 23, of Enterprise, Alabama, a recent Naval Academy graduate and pilot in training; Airman Mohammed Sameh Haitham, 19, of St. Petersburg, Florida; and Airman Apprentice Cameron Scott Walters, 21, of Richmond Hill, Georgia, were killed Sunday in a shooting rampage at the base.
Watson’s family said he was shot five times as he tried to take down the perpetrator; he died later of his wounds at Baptist Hospital.
In a Facebook posting, his brother, Adam Watson, said, “After being shot multiple times, he made it outside and told the first response team where the shooter was, and those details were invaluable” in ending the incident.