by: Joshua Tucker Updated:
LEFLORE COUNTY, Miss. - On Highway 82, just a couple hundred yards from where the KC-130 went down stood David Weeks Tuesday morning.
He isn't a member of the military, but he's as patriotic as they come.
Across from the multiple law enforcement agencies working to control traffic, Weeks starts to play ‘Taps,’ the song played at U.S. military funerals and memorials.
“I'm out here today to show my respect for the fallen. Felt in my heart to come out and honor them,” Weeks said.
Weeks is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders. He joined the group to honor his father who fought in World War II.
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They normally ride at the funerals for service men and women. But, when 15 marines and one navy sailor died in a fiery plane crash, he didn't want to wait until they were formally laid to rest.
“Yeah these men and women join the service not for their own benefit, but for the benefit of our country. They made the sacrifices willing to just lay everything on the line,” Weeks said.
This accident, according to Weeks, is proof of the dangers military personnel face on a daily basis. It is not limited to combat.
“They put their lives on the line every day for us, and I think more Americans ought to be more appreciative of them,” Weeks said.
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