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"All those you love, and those who love you-----In their hearts you will forever be----The one who gave his very all----That the living may be free. "

Hundreds of people lined up outside of the Jamestown school to pay their respects to fallen Marine Lance Corporal Leon Deraps. (Ed Pfueller photo) - WWW.SHOWMENEWS.COM

A Marine bows his head as he stands watch over the casket of Lance Corporal Leon Deraps. (Ed Pfueller photo) - WWW.SHOWMENEWS.COM

Leon receives a blessing. News Tribune photo

Some of the hundreds of mourners who were outside Cedron Assumption Catholic Church yesterday during the funeral Mass for Lance Cpl. Leon Deraps bow their heads in prayer. Speakers and a large-screen television were positioned outside to accommodate the overflow crowd. Ed Pfueller photo - WWW.SHOWMENEWS.COM

 Do not stand at my grave and weep
I am not there I do not sleep.

I am in a thousand winds that blow
I am the softly falling snow.
I am the gentle showers of rain,
I am the fields of ripening grain.

I am in the morning hush,
I am in the graceful rush
Of beautiful birds in circling flight,
I am the starshine of the night.

I am in the flowers that bloom,
I am in a quiet room.
I am the birds that sing
I am in each gentle thing.

Do not stand at my grave and cry.
I am not there. I did not die
 
Mary E. Frye  
 

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A Marine stands watch over the casket of Lance Corporal Leon Deraps as hundreds line up to pay respects to the fallen Marine's family in the gymnasium of Jamestown School. (Ed Pfueller photo) - WWW.SHOWMENEWS.COM

Arin Simmons, left, helps Jamestown Assembly of God Kids Kastle Day Care student Melanie Perez put American flags in her hair Cori Linn, right, does the same for another student before a procession for Marine Leon Deraps passes through town. (Ed Pfueller photo) - WWW.SHOWMENEWS.COM

Members of the Central MO Detachment of the Marine Corps League carry the body of Lance Cpl. Leon Deraps into the gymnasium at Jamestown School. (Julie Smith/News Tribune photo)

The Marine Corps fired a 21-shot volley for Leon Drapes as his body is buried Wednesday with full miltary honors. (Stephen Brooks/News Tribune photo)

Marine Corps Honor Guard member after giving a graveside gun salute a part of a funeral with military honors for Lance Cpl. Leon Deraps. (Ed Pfueller photo) - WWW.SHOWMENEWS.COM

Two Army National Guard Apache helicopters fly over the funeral of Lance Corporal Leon Deraps Ed Pfueller photo - WWW.SHOWMENEWS.COM