Arlington Burial Approved for National Guardsman Killed in Helicopter Crash
After Staff Sgt. Thomas Florich died in a training accident in Florida last March, his family asked for his remains to be placed in Arlington National Cemetery.
The Army initially denied their request because Florich, a member of the Louisiana National Guard, was not on active duty at the time of his death.
On Friday, the Pentagon announced that Army Secretary John McHugh had overturned the decision and granted an exception to allow Florich to be buried at Arlington.
"When these service members tragically lose their lives while training side-by-side for the same mission in defense of our nation, it is fitting to afford them the same burial privileges," McHugh said.
Major Stephen Florich, a retired Green Beret and Staff Sgt. Florich's father, said on "Fox and Friends Weekend" that in the two weeks since this story first came out, the groundswell of support has been amazing.
What does this mean to your family to know that Thomas will be buried where he should rightfully be? Pete Hegseth asked.
"This is important, not just for my family, but also for the chain of command that supported him, for the soldiers and servicemen that get back on the helicopters that are back in the air. This is important for them," Florich said.
"It's important to me, it's important to my family, because when baby Alice grows up and she wants to learn about her father, she will learn about sacrifice in a place that reflects the sacrifice of so many for this nation. And that's at Arlington."
Watch the "Fox and Friends Weekend" interview above.