Ensign Joshua Watson returns to the Wiregrass

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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) -- Ensign Joshua Watson will return home to the Wiregrass Friday, December 13 at 10:00 am.

Watson went on to attend the U.S. Naval Academy where he was named to the Commandant's and Dean's Lists. (WTVY)

The Enterprise High School graduate was killed by an active shooter on Pensacola Naval Air Station Dec. 6. Watson is being called a hero for his actions that morning when, after being shot multiple times, he was able to quickly alert responders to the whereabouts of the shooter, thus saving lives.

His body will arrive at the Dothan Airport around 10:00 am and then be taken to Searcy Funeral Home in Enterprise.

A procession is expected to leave the airport at roughly 10:30 a.m. for the trip to Enterprise.

A spokesperson for the family said the route will be Highway 84 West to Enterprise and then north on Boll Weevil Circle (Highway 92) to Searcy Funeral Home at the intersection of Highway 167. Enterprise police will escort the procession.

Anyone who would like to come out to show their support for this young man and his family and to pay tribute to his bravery and patriotism are welcome to line the highways and streets along the route.

Watson's funeral will be on Saturday, December 21st at 11:00 am. in Enterprise High School's Performing Arts Center.
Visitation will begin at 8:30 am.

Burial will be Sunday, Dec. 22, at Alabama National Cemetery in Montevallo.

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WTVY will carry Watson's return live on WTVY-TV when he arrives.

We will break into our regular scheduled coverage to show you Joshua Watson's return home beginning with his arrival at the Dothan Airport.

We will break into coverage again when he arrives in Enterprise.
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Also Saturday, the Navy Football Team announced it will honor Watson at the game against the Army Black Knights.

Shipmates from 10th Company will wear red, white and blue ribbons pinned to their lapels.

The game will be held at Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia at 2:00 pm Central.

A patch will also be worn by player number 56 to honor Watson.

According to a report from Military Times, President Donald Trump will be in attendance.



 
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