Over the weekend, a Texas cemetery asked the public to attend the funeral of an Air Force veteran because it appeared that no one was expected to attend.
The call went out when the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery said it could not locate the man’s family and did not want him to be buried alone, according to Fox News. The story went viral on social media, with many including Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, and CNN host Jake Tapper calling attention to it and asking people to attend the funeral.
Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker will be laid to rest Monday, and no one is expected to attend.
The cemetery said they do not know where his family is and they do not want him to be laid to rest alone, so they are asking the public to attend. https://t.co/ydf39wwrBn
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 26, 2019
No one is expected to attend the funeral for Joseph Walker, who served in the US Air Force 1964-1968.
His funeral will take place Monday at 10 a.m. at the Central Texas State Cemetery.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 27, 2019
Look how many have shown up to honor this American hero:
Killeen, Texas: A line of cars stretching for miles to attend the funeral of an Air Force Veteran with no family.. after fears he would be buried with no one attending. pic.twitter.com/IC5z7IlDjh
— Janet Shamlian (@JanetShamlian) January 28, 2019
Incredible turnout at @usairforce veteran Joseph Walker’s funeral this morning in Killeen.
Central Texas is awesome. 🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/qgNeukR8nw
— US Attorney John Bash (@USAttyBash) January 28, 2019
A huge crowd turns out for Air Force veteran Joseph Walker who had no family of his own to honor his life and service to his country. #veteran #airforce #kvue #unacompaniedveteranburial pic.twitter.com/0T1S0WPGqO
— Scott Guest (@ScottGuest67) January 28, 2019
Thank you to the Wind Therapy Freedom Riders that have gathered to ride to #AirForce #Veteran Joseph Walker’s funeral this morning. Mr. Walker was expected to be buried without family or friends present, but the community has stepped up and will be with him as he’s laid to rest. pic.twitter.com/xT3WEqZTrJ
— Judge Carter (@JudgeCarter) January 28, 2019
Large number of people arriving at the central Texas veterans cemetery in Killeen for the burial service of Air Force veteran Joseph Walker-with no immediate family, his story went viral on social media last week @fox7austin pic.twitter.com/ZPdbxnosJu
— rudy koski (@KoskionFOX7) January 28, 2019
Today I attended the funeral of Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker. With no family or friends his funeral was expected to have no visitors. Instead, thousands of Texans came to pay their respects. #txlege pic.twitter.com/iXjvNTlrfk
— Giovanni Capriglione (@VoteGiovanni) January 28, 2019
A country where people do this for someone they don’t know is a great country.
Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.
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