“Hometown hero” Cpl. Daegan Page laid to rest
Emotions were raw in Omaha on Friday as fallen U.S. Marine Cpl. Daegan Page was laid to rest at Omaha National Cemetery.
OMAHA, Neb. (KLKN) – Emotions were raw in Omaha on Friday as fallen U.S. Marine Cpl. Daegan Page was laid to rest.
“It’s absolutely heartbreaking,” Omaha resident Alysha Bosiljevac said.
Friends and family of Cpl. Page gathered to grieve his loss and celebrate his life.
Just outside of the funeral home, a sea of people and American flags lined Highway 50, as law enforcement, first responders, construction workers, and community members welcomed him to his proper resting place in his hometown.
“It’s important to all of us to kind of represent our country in this way,” Bryon Garber of Council Bluffs said. “Just to let them know that we got their back and we’re here for them.”
“I am so glad to be able to be a part of it and show his family and his close friends that everybody cares,” Bosiljevac said.
Those who have served, or have family who have served, say it was their duty to support the friends and family of Cpl. Page.
“I came from a Marine Corps family, so I am obligated, I feel like, to be here and pay my respects the best way I can,” Bosiljevac said.
“Having a fellow brother pass away at the end of combat is tragic,” retired U.S. Army soldier Kevin Bockenstedt said. “It was an event that should not have happened.”
Cpl. Page had our back as a service member to our country, it’s only fitting that the city of Omaha had his back by showing love and support to his friends and family.
“It’s kind of hard pounding,” Garber said. “We feel for their families and stuff, that they’ve served for us and then they have to lose, you know, their children and, you know, our men and women at war.”
“Cpl. Page served his country well, and with honor,” Bockenstedt said.
“It’s our own hometown hero, so it hits really close to home,” Bosiljevac said.