Local service members promise to attend veteran's funeral

Local service members promise to attend veteran's funeral

May 03, 2016

Local service members promise to attend veteran's funeral

Manuel Cordero doesn't know Jerry Parrish, but says he'll be there when Parrish is laid to rest Tuesday as a final salute to a fellow brother in uniform.

"He's one of us," Cordero said. "You take care of your people."

Cordero is an active member of the New Mexico Air National Guard, and also, a KOAT operations engineer.

Parrish was an Army veteran who died last month with no one by his side.

The 72-year-old was set to be cremated since he had no family to claim him until the funeral home and Parrish's friends decided to give him the sendoff he deserves.

Now, there will be a service at Daniel's on Carlisle tomorrow at 10:30 a.m., followed by a burial with full honors at the Santa Fe National Cemetery around 1:30 p.m.

Friends say their one last request is that active service members and veterans be there for it.

"I want to see him given the respect as a veteran," said Parrish's friend Khadijah Bottom.

Daniels is helping make that happen by providing rides for veterans to and from Albuquerque and Santa Fe.

Cordero is hopeful a lot of people will show up because he says this community really cares about the men and women who serve our country, including Jerry Parrish. – KOAT

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