It was an emotional and touching sight as the body of 22 year-old Private First Class Michael Murdock of Chocowinity in Beaufort County was returned to eastern Carolina Wednesday.
Murdock made the ultimate sacrifice when he was killed last week in Afghanistan.
Wednesday he was given full military honors as his body was saluted by members of the National Guard and was then escorted from Greenville to Washington by sheriff's deputies and members of the Patriot Guard. As the motorcade made its way to Beaufort County, people who didn't even know him paused to recognize the sacrifice he made for all of us.
Murdock deserved all the honor, dignity and respect shown to him. A few minutes on the news is the least we can do recognize and thank him for the willingness to put his life on the line for our freedom.
Perhaps Murdock's aunt Ginger Spencer said it best when she told us, "Michael, you know, was our hero."
I think he is a hero for all of us. Let's keep his family in our thoughts and prayers.