Veterans have sacrificed their lives for this country and therefore it goes without saying that they deserve all the respect and honor in the world.
Despite this, it is sad that some veterans have all their achievements forgotten as they grow older. This is why this story makes us smile.
Thomas hunter is a respected war veteran who served the country from 1942-1949 during the second world war. Although Hunter was a true hero, he never got married or started a family when he returned home. He managed to outlive all of his 11 siblings who died before him.
Hunter had only a few family members that outlived him so it was difficult making his funeral arrangements, especially deciding who would be suitable to carry Thomas’s casket.
The funeral director Bryan Price made arrangements so that the veteran received the tribute that he deserved. He contacted Lyn Bankston who was a local football coach and asked him to help pit.
Bankston arranged for 6 of the local teams’ footballers who were more than willing to get involved. They are: Matthew Harrell, Brett Jurek, Justin Lawson, T.J. Homan, Christian Evans, and Lee Estay.
“They know the sacrifice Mr. Hunter made and it meant something to them,” Bankston said, according to Shared.com.
On the day of Hunter’s funeral, the six footballers arrived wearing their football uniform to carry Hunter’s casket. They gave the respectable veteran the sendoff that he deserved.
U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham praised the young men for their actions, saying: “They didn’t know this man, but they knew that every veteran deserves to die with dignity and be honored for the sacrifices he made in defense of this nation,” Abraham said. “I think the actions of these young men speak volumes about what’s truly important — country, community, family, God.”
What an inspiring story that shows that people still understand that veterans deserve all the respect and the best send off as they leave this world.