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Public pays respects to Cpl. Daegan Page

Published: Sep. 16, 2021 at 7:21 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - The community lined up Thursday evening to pay its respects to Omaha’s fallen Marine ahead of his funeral on Friday.

The family of Cpl. Daegan Page accompanied his remains to St. Paul Lutheran Church and spent some time there before the public arrived for visitation from 5-8 p.m. Thursday.

The funeral for Cpl. Page, killed Aug. 26 during an attack on Kabul airport in Afghanistan, is set for 10 a.m. Friday at the church, located at 13271 Millard Ave.

6 News is planning to livestream the funeral. Omaha Police released details of the procession to the cemetery earlier this week. There will be a short service at the cemetery, but burial services will be private.

Since losing his life in a suicide bomb attack on Aug. 26 in Afghanistan, Cpl. Page has not been alone. His fellow Marines traveled with him every mile. Thousands welcomed him home along Omaha roads last week. And again Thursday, with honors, at his church, St. Paul’s Lutheran, where a memorial including his cremated remains was open for public visitation.

“We’re such a fortunate country, such a fortunate people, to be able to have heroes like Daegan Page defending our way of life for us,” said Scott Knudsen of the Nebraska Patriot Guard Riders. Several dozen members lined the sidewalks and entryways with an honor guard before and during the three-hour visitation.

The family once again chose to remain private, their visitation coming prior to the doors opening to the public. Still many in attendance felt gratitude towards Page’s loved ones for allowing them to share in their grief.

“I could not imagine what the family’s going through right now,” said Carter Lake, Iowa’s Kelly Ayres, who has one son serving in the Navy and another who completed his service with the Air Force. “For them to invite the public to be part of it, to help people in the same situation, I mean, I’m a mom and I have kids in service, it could be me.”

“I wanna thank his family for the sacrifice that they gave of their son,” said U.S. Army veteran Mark Carlson. “We are truly grateful, truly grateful.”

Vicar Doug Rothgeb of St. Lutheran’s Church praised the public’s “gracious and patient” participation in the viewing, and said the family expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support they have received.

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