Talk about touching. Who doesn’t get a little choked up or emotional when a service member passes and they hear Taps being played?
Just one day after a U.S. Marine Corps KC-130T crashed into a Mississippi field, a man stopped on the side of the highway to play just that in honor of the 16 service members killed.
“I’m out here today to show my respect for the fallen,”David Weeks, a military supporter, told FOX13. “Felt in my heart to come out and honor them.”
Taps is usually played at the funerals of service men and women. Weeks said he couldn’t wait until these particular military men and women were laid to rest, though.
“Yeah, these men and women join the service not for their own benefit, but for the benefit of our country,” he continued. “They made the sacrifices willing to just lay everything on the line.”
A total of 15 Marines and a Navy sailor were killed in the crash on July 10th. Six of the Marines and the sailor were from an elite Marine Raider battalion at Camp Lejeune, North Carolina, and they were headed for pre-deployment training in Yuma, Arizona.
Debris from the crash was seen miles away from the site, and federal and local officials have spent the past day combing the field, looking for clues as to what happened. The service members’ bodies were also found more than a mile away from the plane wreckage.
This all happened right outside the small town of Itta Bena, about 85 miles north of Jackson. The Marine Corps said the cause of the crash was under investigation and offered no information as to whether or not the plane issued a distress call. Marine Maj. Andrew Aranda told reporters no foul play was suspected even though FBI agents had joined the investigation.
Our thoughts and prayers are with the families and friends of those whose lives were lost. And we should all say thank you to Mr. Weeks for his kind gesture. Let’s face it: This country needs more patriots like him.