The family of a local soldier killed by a bear in Alaska is inviting residents of northeast Florida to come out and pay their respects on Monday.
U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Seth Plant’s family will hold a private ceremony at Jacksonville International Airport once the plane lands around 1:40 p.m.
The airport asks people to pull over along International Airport Boulevard towards Interstate 295 and south of Woodwings Road.
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From there, the procession will begin at the airport, then along the highway to US 301. Along the way, it will pass through Duval, Clay, Bradford, and St. Johns counties. From US 301 it goes through Starke where Plant was born.
It will exit along State Road 230 and onto State Road 16 via Penney Farms and Green Cove Springs before crossing the Shands Bridge.
The Clay County Sheriff’s Office urged the community to come out around 2:45 p.m. and line up SR 16 as the procession passes through the Green Cove Springs area around 3:15 p.m. to 3:45 p.m.
The route will then head south on State Road 13 and east only on State Road 206 before turning north on A1A along the beaches Plant’s family says they love. It ends at the St. Johns Family Funeral Home on State Road 207.
Plant was training with a small group earlier this month when they were attacked by a bear. Another soldier was injured but survived.
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Plant spent 12 years in the military, he served a year in Afghanistan and spent most of the last year in Alaska.
His family describes him as a “true patriot”, who loved to serve his country, and dreamed of one day becoming a member of the elite Green Berets special forces.
Her visitation is scheduled for Friday and her funeral is Saturday at Anastasia Baptist Church.
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