Susan Akins traveled from Tennessee to attend Marine Lance Corporal T.J. Reilly's funeral in London. Her son is also a Marine, and was in the 10-vehicle convoy that came under surprise attack December 21st, when Reilly was killed.
“I think all the parents need to support other parents, without the boys we wouldn't have our freedom,” she said.
Akins and others packed the London Funeral Home chapel to say goodbye to the 19-year-old Marine.
“As a fellow marine, we stand here broken hearted, but proud of what T-J has accomplished in life,” said Rev. Joe Mobley, who officiated the service.
The patriot guard, veterans, and members of Task Force Omega lined the street in front of the funeral home, holding their flags, in honor of the fallen Marine.
“We're proud of our freedom, we're honored to be here, to show our respect, that's the least we can do,” said Danny “Greasy” Belcher with Task Force Omega.
Reilly's mother and other family members are taking his death hard, but veterans say they can take comfort in his sacrifice.
“He didn't die in vain, he died fighting for freedom, she can be proud of that,” said Belcher.
“And up until the final second that his life was taken, he was proud of who he was, and what he's done,” said Rev. Mobley.
Reilly was posthumously awarded the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star.