When the time comes, veterans should have a decent funeral. A courteous and dignified send-off is owed to someone who sacrifices their life while serving their country.
Sadly, not every veteran has friends or family at the moment of death. However, this does not mean they must be buried alone. When an airman passed away, a group of compassionate high school seniors volunteered to carry his casket.
A veteran of the US Air Force, Ralph Lambert, passed away in Louisiana on February 8 at the age of 94, according to KALB. Sadly, he neither has family nor friends to attend his funeral.
It seemed painful to think that Lambert, who served his nation for more than twenty years, from 1950 to 1971, would be buried without anyone to pay tribute to him.
But after learning about the veteran’s predicament, a nearby high school baseball coach named Jordan Marks intervened. Six seniors from Menard High School from his squad were enlisted to attend the funeral and carry Lambert’s coffin.
This coach saw it as an opportunity to commemorate a veteran while also imparting some important life lessons to his players off the field.
When we can help a member of the community, especially someone who has served our nation, we are more than pleased to do so, Marks told KALB. “I try to teach them the game of baseball but also the game of life,” he added.
The six seniors who carried the veteran’s flag-draped casket to his burial at the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetary on the day of the funeral were Ashton Veade, Cameron Kinder, Jacob Giordano, Jackson Ford, Ashton Brodnax, and Hunter Foster.
Despite the fact that they knew nothing about the soldier, they will always cherish the honor.
According to Jacob Giordano, who is a senior, “it was an honor for us,seniors, to be able to go out there, especially with someone without family or friends.”
Cameron Kinder expressed his gratitude that they had the chance to be there. We all have our own families and friends, but I think sometimes we forget that not everyone does.
Stories like these are not unusual; the sad truth is that some veterans pass away alone and are not allowed to have a military-style funeral. Veterans groups all throughout the US, such as the Missing in American Project, work to find unclaimed veterans and make sure they have the proper send-offs.
Thanks to the generosity of six kind high school seniors, this vet did not have to be buried alone. No veteran should ever have to go through this.
We appreciate the seniors who attended the veteran’s funeral to offer their respects. We are confident that he would have been overjoyed to learn that someone ultimately cared for him.