A 69-year-old veteran passed away last week with no family. But when the local Veterans Service Office found out that no one would come to his funeral, they put the word out on Facebook.
And hundreds of veterans and well-wishers showed up to pay respects to the fallen hero.
Fox News reports:
Stokley was born on June 5, 1949 in Greenville, S.C. and served in the U.S. Marine Corps, completing a tour of duty in Vietnam. The veteran was set to be buried with military honors on Nov. 9 at the at the Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery in Pegram when staff members at the Cheatham County Veterans Service Office learned he was an “unclaimed” veteran”
“When we found out that he was considered an unclaimed veteran, which means he has no family, we wanted to make sure that he got claimed,” Bob Counter told The Tennessean.
After the initial posting, his message was picked up by several other popular Facebook pages, and quickly went viral with thousands of shares by the time of the funeral on Friday.
“It’s very heartwarming to see this many veterans and friends of veterans that show up here on a cold, rainy day, a weekday, to send him off in style,” Counter told WTVF. I’m proud for that. I’m proud for these guys that did that,” said the Air Force veteran.