GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — Two fallen West Michigan servicemen are being remembered for their sacrifice.
The names of Petty Officer Second Class David Warsen and Army Specialist Zachary Shanafelt have been added to a monument at Veterans Memorial Park in downtown Grand Rapids.
Warsen, a Navy SEAL, was killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan in August 2012. Shanafelt was injured in Afghanistan and died at Walter Reed Hospital in November 2012.
“The biggest comment I get from gold star moms is thank you for not letting them forget their sons,” Michael Burri of the Kent County United Veterans Council said. “That’s the important thing. It becomes our duty to honor these men and women who were lost.”
Warsen and Shanafelt’s names will be dedicated publicly Friday during a ceremony following the city’s Memorial Day parade.
The parade will start at 7:30 p.m. and run down Division Avenue to Fulton Street, ending at Veterans Memorial Park.