Watch: Local Community Honors Veteran Who Had No Family

Watch: Local Community Honors Veteran Who Had No Family

April 02, 2016

Watch: Local Community Honors Veteran Who Had No Family

What happens when no family members stepped forward to make funeral arrangements for a veteran? The local community stepped up and gave this military veteran a funeral service he deserved.

Billy C. Aldridge, a veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps, died at a local nursing facility in Indianapolis. The nursing home had no records of any family for Aldridge, so they turned to a local funeral services company for help with burial arrangements.

What they got instead was a pleasant surprise.

According to a FOX59 report, Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services planned a small ceremony, but word got out, and it quickly turned into a drastically larger memorial service.

How big? More than 1,000 strangers showed up to honor and say goodbye to a veteran that they did not know.

“This was just unbelievably wonderful,” said Tim Elson, a Vietnam Veteran, “That the community would come together and remember a fellow veteran, not knowing him, not knowing anything about him.”

Veterans groups, Private Label Caskets, Memorial Park Cemetery and Indy Metropolitan Military Honor Guard also stepped up to give Aldridge a dignified sendoff.

“We just had a tremendous turnout, from veterans service organizations, active duty military, from every branch, as well as just members of the community who wanted to make sure this veteran was recognized,” said Eddie Beagles, Vice President of Funeral Operations, with Legacy Cremation & Funeral Services, “I couldn’t be more proud today to be a Hoosier, just to see the average neighbor that's here to recognize this gentleman. It just shows that Hoosier hospitality is alive and well."

Video: 1,000 Strangers Pay Tribute to Veteran Who Had No Family

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6 Responses

Eugene Leptien
Eugene Leptien

February 22, 2016

It’s amazing how our military always steps up. God bless all who have served. And if you are a Vietnam Veteran “Welcome Home”

Cpl Bliss JC USMC
Cpl Bliss JC USMC

February 22, 2016

RIP brother welcome
Never forgotten

Alice Cons
Alice Cons

February 22, 2016

He was so young and no family how sad,so proud of our veterans and others who truely aired,and showed he mattered!!Thank you all

Pamela Larsen
Pamela Larsen

February 22, 2016

This should happen for every military veteran ! This brought me to tears, ones with pride&comfort in seeing so many people doing what we as a nation should have been doing all along, by showing our gratitude& respect to the ones who have fought for our beloved country, for us.

Charles L Rosenberry
Charles L Rosenberry

February 22, 2016

R.I.P. brother.I am so sorry that your family did not claim your body. Well you have a communy that did. Do not forget your brothers and aiayera in arms, will always love you.

Zapishka
Zapishka

February 22, 2016

This here lies the perfect asassin. No family means no trace. Something to think about.

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