Mile after mile they stood.
First as the procession carrying Jason Roger's body from the airport to the funeral home and two days later to the church and then final resting place.
Most carried flags with their hand over their hearts or either saluting.
Thousands stood in silence and respect as the fallen warrior passed.
His fellow marines openly wept, many hardened veterans like himself.
They had never seen such a sight.
Neither had anyone else, including the 500 strong Patriot Guard Riders who provided escort.
His company commander said this: "Staff Sergeant Rogers is a hero in the truest sense of the word. I can't tell you how proud I am to say that I knew him and I will tell my children and grandchildren of the Marine who guarded the lives of his Marines with ferocious tenacity."
Jason died two days before his 29th birthday.
But, he left something that will never die.
His legacy of service and sacrifice to his country and fellow Marines.