One day after a U.S. military plane crashed into a Mississippi field, a man stopped on the side of the highway and played “Taps” to honor the 16 service members killed.
According to the Marine Corps, the KC-130 aircraft "experienced a mishap" when it corkscrewed into a soybean field around 85 miles north of Jackson Monday afternoon.
15 Marines and a Navy Corpsman were aboard the aircraft and killed in the crash. The Marine Corps said the cause was under investigation.
On Tuesday, just a couple hundred yards from where the plane went down, David Weeks stood on the side of the highway and played
"Taps," the song played at U.S. military funerals and memorials.
“I'm out here today to show my respect for the fallen. Felt in my heart to come out and honor them,” Weeks told Fox 13.
Weeks is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders, which provides an honor guard at the funerals of members of the military, firefighters, and police.
Weeks said he joined the group to honor his father, who fought in World War II.
"These men and women join the service not for their own benefit, but for the benefit of our country. They made the sacrifices, willing to just lay everything on the line,” Weeks said. “They put their lives on the line every day for us, and I think more Americans ought to be more appreciative of them."
On Tuesday, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence also offered their condolences to those who perished and their families.
Marine Plane crash in Mississippi is heartbreaking. Melania and I send our deepest condolences to all!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 11, 2017
Karen & I are praying for the families of the Marines who lost their lives. These Marines will be in our hearts. https://t.co/IQw2JhM1OX
— Vice President Pence (@VP) July 11, 2017
Watch the Fox 13 report below.