Veteran With No Family Passes Away Only To Have Crowd Of Strangers Show Up To Funeral Instead
ShareTap Staff 11/12/2018
When our brave servicemen and women enlist, they assume their family will be by their side. Through thick and thin, good days and bad, they'll never be alone. Sadly, that's not always the case. Sometimes, the entire family passes away before the war hero. Other times, the family doesn't want to take on the burden of burying their loved one.
No matter what the reason, heartbreaking instances of "unclaimed" United States military veterans happen more often than we'd like to admit. These brave souls are tossed aside after a lifetime of fighting for our country - and it's a travesty.
So when a Tennessee community heard there was an unclaimed Marine about to be put to rest alone, they jumped into action.
A Facebook page posted about Marine Leo Stokley's funeral and urged everyone to come out. They wanted to honor the Marine's life with a proper burial - not a measly ceremony with a handful of attendees.
"We have an unclaimed veteran being buried with no family. Leo Stokley, 69, of Murfreesboro, TN passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at the Waters of Cheatham in Ashland City. Leo served his country in the United States Marine Corps and did a tour of duty in Vietnam. Leo will be buried with Military Honors on Friday, November 9, 2018, at the Middle Tennessee Veteran's Cemetery in Nashville, TN at 10:00 am. Please support so he is not buried alone."
That's when complete strangers began responding through social media, emails, and phone calls. But it was the outpouring of love and respect that arrived at Leo's funeral a few days later that was most incredible.