Tampa, Florida -- For the second day in a row, people lined Bayshore Boulevard in support of the family and friends of a fallen soldier, in a solemn reminder that their sacrifice is not forgotten.
"I think this is one of the most important things we do around here is come down for a funeral because these guys earned it and we give a damn," said Paul Diehl, a Korean War veteran and vice-president of Bayshore Patriots.
Photo Gallery:Clarence Williams III funeral procession
The body of Army Specialist Clarence Williams IIIwas escorted in a processionfrom MacDill Air Force Baseto a funeral home in Chiefland inLevy County.
Williams, who was 23, was killed along with five others on July 8th when their armored vehicle was hit by an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Ricardo Seija, 31, of Tampa was killed in that same attack. His body was escorted home for the final time on Tuesday morning.
Today, it was a tribute to Williams and his family.
"This is a fallen hero and somebody that died for their country and that's the reason we came up to do that, yeah...we're here for 10 minutes, but hopefully it's 10 minutes they'll never forget," said Ed Cleveland, who traveled from Bradenton with his wife and two young grandsons to honor Williams's sacrifice.
The boys, 3 and 6, may not understand why the young man was killed, but they understand enough to know that his life should be honored.
"I don't think kids can be too young to learn the salute those who paid the ultimate sacrifice," said Cleveland.
Williams attended Hernando High School and joined the Army in 2009. He was due to return home at the end of this month. He is survived by his father, Clarence Williams Jr, his mother Talisa Williams and two sisters.
He and Seija were assigned to the 978th Military Police Company, 93rd Military Police Battalionin Fort Bliss, Texas.
A funeral service for Williams is scheduled for this Saturday in Ocala. The soldier will then be laid to rest at the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell on Monday.