Family, colleagues remember Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young at his funeral

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Largo, Florida -- Family, friends and colleagues were among thousands that honored Rep. C.W. "Bill" Young at his funeral Thursday.

Congressman Young was laid to rest at 1:00 Thursday afternoon.

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Young was the longest-serving Republican in Congress and made a huge impact here in the Tampa Bay area.

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Thousands showed up at First Baptist Church of Indian Rocks on Ulmerton Road in Largo Thursday morning for the services including about 100 members of Congress and a shimmering string of military top brass.

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All of them came to remember the man many say exemplified what it means to be an honest, thoughtful, and caring American.

Hundreds lined up for a visitation with Young's family at the C.W. "Bill" Young Armed Forces Reserve Center in Pinellas Park. It's one of many facilities in the Bay area that Young helped found, and then helped fund, during his 43 years in Congress.

Among the people who came to pay their respects at Wednesday's viewing were well-known leaders in Tampa Bay and a very large contingent of current and former members of the military.

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They said Young's support during his 22 terms in the House of Representatives was positively pivotal in maintaining America's military edge for decades.

Another cause dear to Young's heart was Bay Pines VA Medical Center which the House recently approved a bill to rename the Bill Young VA Medical Center. The Senate is expected to vote when they return to session next week.

The selection of speakers that took part in Thursday's memorial service provided a snapshot of Congressman Young's wide-ranging legacy.

The Republican Speaker of the House, Rep. John Boehner, shared his thoughts, along with the number two Democrat in the House, Rep. Steny Hoyer.

Hoyer on Tuesday called Young "a gentle man in every sense of the word".

Marine Corps Commandant General James F. Amos gave Young's eulogy. A number of pastors spoke on matters of faith, and the final speakers were members of Congressman Young's family which included Robert Young, Billy Young, Patrick Young and CPL Josh Callihan.

In an interview with 10 News reporter Preston Rudie just days before the services, Rep. Young's son, Bill Young II, said that of all the titles his father held over the years, family man was the one the congressman held most dear.


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Grayson Kamm, 10 News

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