Air Force Veteran Had No One to Attend His Funeral; Thousands of Strangers Show Up
A cemetery asked for the public to attend Joseph Walker's funeral after they could not locate his family.
Air Force veteran Joseph Walker had no one to attend his funeral Monday. The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery didn’t expect anyone to come. Since his death in December they’d been unable to locate any family. So the cemetery asked the public to come. They didn’t want Joseph Walker, a man who served his country during the Vietnam War, to be alone.
Said the cemetery, “We do not leave veterans behind.”
KVUE tweeted the request, and Sen. Ted Cruz, R-TX, retweeted it.
— KVUE News (@KVUE) January 26, 2019
Sen. Cruz retweeted the message Monday morning again as a reminder.
This morning at 10 am:
Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery
Killeen, TX 76542 https://t.co/5038L9sViE
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 28, 2019
And on Monday morning, thousands of people showed up to pay their respects.
— Nohely Mendoza (@_NohelyMendoza_) January 28, 2019
Texas General Land Office tweeted, “Incredible turnout this morning to honor unaccompanied @usairforce Veteran Joseph Walker. #NoVeteranLeftBehind.”
— TXGeneralLandOffice (@txglo) January 28, 2019
After concerns that Walker wouldn’t have anyone attend his funeral, the line of cars stretched as far as the eye can see.
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
God bless Texas. And God bless Joseph Walker for his service.