Cemetery Invites Public To Funeral For Veteran Who Died Alone — Boy, Did They Show Up

Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
Font Size:

The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery was unable to locate any family members to attend services for a Vietnam Air Force veteran named Joseph Walker — so staff members charged with organizing his funeral made a public plea for attendance.

“We do not leave veterans behind,” they said. (RELATED: Dan Crenshaw Puts Trump’s Veterans Day Whiff On Arlington In Perspective)

Local reporters helped to raise awareness — and quickly caught the attention of some nationally-known figures as well. All of them had one simple goal: don’t let this veteran be buried alone.

Texas did not disappoint. Pictures poured in on Monday from people who attended Walker’s funeral, showing long lines of cars and crowds waiting to pay their respects to a hero.

Walker, who served in the Air Force from 1964-1968, including service in Vietnam, was buried with full military honors on Monday. By all accounts, his service was very well attended.

Follow Virginia on Twitter