.The Central Texas State Veteran’s Cemetery is making a plea to the public to attend an unaccompanied veteran’s funeral.
Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker, who served from September 1964 to September 1968, is set to be laid to rest at 10 a.m. on Monday morning, but no one was expected to be at the funeral.
The cemetery said Walker’s family could not be located. Therefore, they are asking anyone from the public to attend the service.
“We do NOT leave veterans behind,” the cemetery said on Facebook.
A similar situation happened in Nashville toward the end of 2018.
A public plea garnered a large crowd who braved a rainy November day to honor a man they never knew but felt a strong connection to nonetheless.
Sgt. Leo Stokely was given a fond farewell, with military honors, hugs and tears.
Texas Senator Ted Cruz picked up on the story of the unclaimed veteran in Texas and made a public plea on his Twitter account, urging citizens to attend Monday’s ceremony.
A motorcycle group called Wind Therapy Freedom Riders posted on their Facebook page they will be attending the funeral.
“No veteran should be buried alone”, member Luis Rodriguez posted on the page.
Ceremony: Monday, January 28 10:00 am Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery 11463 TX-195 Killeen, TX 76542