COLLIER COUNTY, Fla.- It was standing room only inside the Palm Royale Ceremony as friends and family gathered to say good bye to a man who stood up for his country. A law enforcement-led processional brought Staff Sargeant Marc Scialdo from Bonita Springs to Naples. Outside St. John Evangelist Catholic Church, mourners gathered to watch.
'He was definitely a good kid," said Marie Greenwell.
Marie Greenwell was Scialdo's third grade teacher at Naples Park Elementary School.
"He put forth so much effort to do his best and he was always kind, he had lots of friends, he was a role model and that's hard to find at that grade and that age," said Greenwell.
And still a role model today.
"It is hard, you always think about my father, my son, my brother, my sister and my daughter, my mother, is a soldier, they answer the call, they deploy, people want to hurt when you deploy, there's the enemy out there, other things that lurk, so it's always scary. But you know they're doing their job and they're serving their country and you're proud of them," said Kevin Larson.
Kevin Larson is a spokesperson at Fort Stewart, Scialdo's base near Savannah, Georgia. Larson said about fifty soldiers from that base and other bases throughout the country, came to pay their respects to their fellow soldier.
"It's absolutely difficult to lose a soldier, its very very hard thing be it in combat, be it in an accident, be it to whatever it might be, losing a soldier is always hard," said Larson.
Fort Stewat will honor Scialdo and the other four soldiers who lost their lives that day through their "Warrior's Walk." They plant trees in the memory of fallen soldiers and they will hold a tree dedication ceremony on April 18th.