Americans gather in Omaha to honor Cpl. Daegan Page
On Friday, people from across the state and the country gathered to pay respects to fallen U.S. Marine Cpl. Daegan Page.
OMAHA, Neb. (KLKN) – On Friday, people from across the state and the country gathered to pay respects to fallen U.S. Marine Cpl. Daegan Page.
Page was one of 13 U.S. military service members who was killed in a suicide bombing at an Afghanistan airport. His remains were brought back to the place he called home, Omaha, Nebraska, on Friday afternoon as thousands of people lined the streets of the city to pay their respects.
“His sacrifice and everything he did for this country, that’s why we’re all here to honor him and his memory,” 21-year-old Omaha native Sean Johnson said.
“Corporal Page, we honor you,” said Rita Gardner, an Omaha native and widow of a U.S. Marine. “I want to say to his mom and his dad, there’s no loss, like losing a child, so my heart goes out to them.”
Barry Franzen says he drove all the way to Omaha from the Florida Keys to honor Cpl. Page. Franzen is a family friend of the Page family and watched Daegan grow up in Omaha.
“He was three months from coming back,” Franzen said. “Three months. I’m so proud of him and was looking forward to him coming back.”
Franzen says the Page family would come and visit him and his wife down in Florida regularly.
“It’s one of the toughest things I’ve been through,” Franzen said.
Johnson says he didn’t know Page personally, but growing up in a military family, his loss hits close to home.
“He was two years older than me,” Johnson said. “To me, it’s an honor to know that he sacrificed himself to keep this country safe, and to see everybody out here honoring him, it’s just amazing.”
Franzen and Johnson say today was a day to remember the Omaha native Cpl. Daegan Page, and also a day to honor the 12 men and women who lost their lives in Afghanistan on Aug. 26.
“All 13 of them are heroes, everybody who served are heroes,” Johnson said.
“Yes, this is for Daegan, but it’s for all of our children, and mothers, and fathers, and brothers that have been profoundly and undeniably, unforgivably impacted. I’m honoring that too,” Franzen said.
Page’s funeral is Friday, Sept. 17th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Omaha.