Stars, stripes and the colors, red, white and blue---better known as the American flag has long been seen as a symbol of freedom. Hundreds of those flags billowed in the wind all to honor one Nebraska marine who lost his life at the tender age of 26 while fighting to honor that flag and what it stands for, Staff Sergeant Michael Bock.
Many of those flags were waved by members of the patriot guard riders, many veterans themselves, are grateful to Staff Sergeant Bock for helping protect the country they live in, by making the ultimate sacrifice.
"We're enjoying our lives today and the lifestyles that we live because of the sacrifices that they're all making," said Scott Knudsen of the Patriot Guard Riders. "Whether they're just sacrifices in their everyday lives or the sacrifices like the one Staff Sergeant Michael Bock has given, the supreme sacrifice to give his life to protect our freedoms."
With pomp and circumstance, his fellow marines helped lay Bock to rest Saturday morning.
Hundreds of friends, family and soldiers were in attendance as was the little son he left behind, Zander. Even strangers who didn't know Bock came to show their gratitude to, as they referred to him as, a hometown hero.
"Freedom is not free," said Omaha resident, Judy Peters. "They pay with their lives. They've done this since the war's begun, and every American should stand up for every person who's volunteered to keeping our freedom alive."
As the hundreds of cars flowed from the church parking lot and those American flags blew in the summer wind to honor the marine---the ones who loved him, especially his wife Tiffany, begin the grieving process; knowing he did not die in vain.
Said Tiffany in an earlier interview with Channel 6, "If this is the way to have him to pass, this is probably the most honorable way...I could be proud of it...I am very proud of him."
Staff Sergeant Bock was interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Omaha.