Veterans Cemetery Put out a Call for People to Attend Funeral for Vet With No Guests — Thousands Showed up

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The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery put out a unique call to local Texans asking them to attend the funeral of a vet who had recently passed away — and they didn’t disappoint.

The cemetery received plans for a burial service for Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker. As they moved forward with the funeral plans, they realized that no guests were expected to attend the service.

Not wanting any veteran to be buried alone, the cemetery took to Facebook and made a request for Texans to pay their respects for Walker, writing, “We do NOT leave veterans behind.”

We have the distinct honor to provide a full military burial for unaccompanied United States Air Force Veteran Joseph…

Posted by Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery on Thursday, January 24, 2019

Several media outlets picked up the story and made a nationwide plea for people to attend Walker’s service. Many reporters and politicians used their platform to get the word out about the memorial service.

On Monday, Walker was laid to rest and several thousand guests stopped by the cemetery to pay their respects.

Many posted photos of the unbelievable response on social media.

According to a report from Juan Rodriguez of KVUE, Walker served during Vietnam. He died last year at age 72, but because of the lack of family, he his burial was postponed until 2019. Members of all branches of the armed service showed up to honor Walker.

The cemetery was “overwhelmed” by the outpouring of support for Walker. Their goal was to ensure a veteran wasn’t alone and they ended up surrounding him with thousands of grateful Americans.

“Thank you so much to everyone who came out to honor unaccompanied United States Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker and lay him to rest at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery. We are overwhelmed at all this love and support,” the cemetery said in a post on Facebook, “We do NOT leave Veterans behind.”

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