Family, friends and Navy SEAL comrades followed behind Officer Collin Thomas's casket Saturday afternoon. Thomas's body flew home to Morehead Friday. Saturday, the ones he loved were given one last chance to say goodbye.
His family did not want to talk on camera, but did give us these words as a way to honor the decorated Navy SEAL.
"Collin made the ultimate sacrifice while protecting our Nation. He lived doing something he truly wanted to do. He achieved his goal of being a Navy SEAL and loved his country, his family and his teammates."
Family call Thomas the ultimate true American hero, much like his comrades serving at home and overseas. He died while fighting in Afghanistan, he served both there and in Iraq.