Hundreds pay tribute at Heartland Marine's funeral

By Heartland News

LEADWOOD, MO (KFVS) - Hundreds of people waving American flags and signs thanking an American hero lined the processional route for a Heartland Marine's funeral Friday.

Corporal Michael Bailey was killed by small arms fire while on a security patrol conducting combat operations against enemy forces in Helmand Province, Afghanistan, Wednesday, according to the United States Marine Corps.

More than 150 patriot guard riders lined the outside of the West County High School gymnasium and lobby with American flags.

"That's what we try to do is to get the community to come out big," said Captain Mike Gribbs with the Patriot Riders.

"We try to build the community of patriotism."

American flags lined the front of the school as well.

Two Marines in dress blues stood at attention facing the casket, one on each end.  Other Marines stood at attention around the gym.

Michael proudly served his country in the United States Navy for eight years before joining the United Marine Corps.

Hundreds of people from his hometown wanted to show their respect for his service and sacrifice to his country.

"I want that family to know that I'm thankful and my whole family is thankful for everything that they've done and given to us," said Sherrie Killian.

Before entering the Navy, Michael was active with the Leadwood Fire Protection District.

Memorials can be made to the Leadwood Fire Protection District.

After the funeral at 11 a.m., the casket was placed on the back of a Leadwood Fire Protection District ladder truck and taken to the Adams Cemetery for burial.

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