Procession for Navy Seal Scott Wirtz Draws Hundreds of St. Louisans to Pay Respects

February 06, 2019 - 5:29 pm
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St. Louisans lined the roadways to say goodbye to a fallen warrior. From the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Louis, along I-270 into Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery in south St. Louis County there were hundreds of motorist pulled over as part of an impromptu display of respect and remembrance for 42-year-old Navy Seal Scott Wirtz.

Tony Ellebracht didn't know Wirtz, or even knew the funeral was on Wedneday, but had seen news converage of his death and when he and Suzanne say the flags hanging from bridges along I-270, they knew it was for Wirtz. 

"It's very emotional knowing that someone, they paid the ultimate price for our freedom and that we're happy to enjoy everyday," Ellebracht says. "It's for men and women like Scott that give us the opportunity, so it's the least we can do." 

He and Lay delayed the errands they had scheduled for the day near their home in north county, then drove to the entrance of Jefferson Barracks.

"Gives you goosebumps," Lay says. "I think the family certainly knows and appreciates that we love them."

Wirtz, a St. Louis native and graduate of De Smet Jesuit High School, died last month as the result of a suicide bombing in Syria. He was one of four American's to die in the attack.

Tim Lane of Fenton says he had the day off work and when he heard on KMOX the procession was today, he wanted to do something.

"Just wanted to come out and support Scott and his family and certianly thank them, all of them for the sacrifice he made over there," Lane says.