KILGORE, TX (KLTV) - It was a solemn send-off Friday afternoon for an East Texas Marine killed in the line of duty in Afghanistan, as hundreds came out to show their respect for a fallen warrior.
Former military, current military, and those who just wanted to pay respect, came to say a final good-bye to Marine Sergeant Kenneth May.
"It is an honor for us old veterans to be able to come out and show our respect for our fallen brothers who are in the military and have sacrificed their lives for all the people that are still here on this old earth," said Korean War veteran, Charlie Tucker of Emory.
A replica Liberty Bell was brought in that has been used in the past to honor fallen heroes, and tolled this time in Mays' honor.
"So its only fitting and proper that the bell should be here in Kilgore today to honor this Marine who gave it all for us," said bell caretaker, David Hall of Fort Worth.
"We can not locate the enemies of our freedom, the enemies of our country, call in fire support, we can't clear the field of hostiles, but he could and he did," said Hall. "He fulfilled his mission his life was not cut short. He gave it all for us for our freedom."
His life and sacrifice was recognized by all who attended.
"He did something for us that we can not do," Hall said.
May was laid to rest at Danville Cemetery in Kilgore with full military honors.