In Kansas, a homeless Army veteran's funeral was attended by hundreds of strangers - many who traveled from across two states to attend. Attendees of the homeless Vietnam veteran's funeral included bikers from the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Patriot Guard Riders.
Eton Gilmore, who had received the Purple Heart, spent most of his days living in an abandoned house with no gas or electricity. After the Vietnam War, Gilmore worked as a taxi driver, but after losing his job, he started living in his car or in abandoned homes.
When the Vietnam veteran died without a home or any close relatives, friends arranged for a proper burial.
One of those friends, Maryannah Mosley, moved Gilmore's remains to a funeral home after contacting a worker at the city morgue. "He said, 'We were really getting scared. Nobody has come forward for him,'" she added.
Once word began to spread in the local community, however, those fears gave way to gratitude as around 200 people showed up to pay their respects.
The Department of Veterans Affairs helped arrange the funeral at Leavenworth National Cemetery. Two Chinook helicopters flew over the funeral, which included a traditional rifle salute, taps and a flag-folding ceremony.
"He deserves, number one, a proper burial and the military to acknowledge his service and that would probably make him very happy," Mosley said.
And a proper burial and acknowledgement was what he received.
Watch a video detailing the homeless veteran's story here.
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