Navy SEAL Denis Miranda is home.
A report on NJ.com shared that the remains of the 24-year-old Navy SEAL from Toms River arrived at Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst on Monday. The post reported further that Miranda is the 25th service member who had ties to New Jersey to die in Afghanistan.
Miranda enlisted in the Navy in September 2003 and became a SEAL in 2007.
Miranda’s remains were escorted from Joint Base McGuire-Dix-Lakehurst to Toms River, and the people of the town paid their respects by lining the streets of downtown Toms River – government employees, veterans, and residents alike – and waving flags, as shared in a feature on APP.com. There will be services that will be conducted in his memory, including visitations. His burial has been scheduled for Thursday.
Among those who paid tribute to Miranda is Jackie Robertazzi, who empathizes with Miranda’s family. Her son, Jason, was deployed to Iraq on September 11, and her daughter Jennifer had served in Iraq with the Air Force for six years. They went to Toms River High School East, as had Miranda. She shared: “It just hits too close to home… My heart broke for the parents and for Denis. I just feel really bad.”
Miranda’s remains were taken to the Campbell Funeral Home on Main Street.
A statement from Miranda’s family, released on Monday, expressed thanks for the support of the community: “You’ve helped to console us as we grieve our loss, and you have taken the time to learn about the man our son was…For that, we thank you, and Denis thanks you.”