It goes without saying that our warriors are deserving of nothing but respect and honor.
It’s a sad reality that so many veterans are neglected as they age, left alone despite serving their nation heroically and frequently sacrificing a great deal in the process.
Then there are others who have surviving relatives but refuse to claim them.
But if anyone deserves a proper send-off, it’s these brave men and women who risked their lives to serve our country.
That’s why stories like this one don’t simply make me grin; they also serve as a model for others to emulate.
The Florida National Cemetery performs a service for destitute and unclaimed soldiers once a quarter, but cemetery officials say they welcome individual services as well.
In the 1950s, Robert Krause was a Marine. He had no relatives and no one to claim him when he died.
He heard it stated that a veteran dies twice: once on the battlefield and again when people stop speaking his name, said Nick Morales, a veteran of both Marine Corps and U.S. Army
If there’s anything they can do to avoid the latter, let us do it.
On the day of Robert’s funeral, Nick and his fellow volunteer bikers arrived to transport his casket from the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital to the Florida National Cemetery.
The motorcyclists saw their participation as a privilege since no veteran should be buried alone.
Their mantra is ‘vets supporting vets, stated Nick Morales. No vet will be allowed to go to their ultimate resting place by oneself.
They all have a similar connection of service: what they’ve done for their nation. And no matter what they’ve done since their service, they’ve kept that bond.
Robert was given the farewell he merited, complete with a motorbike escort. They were there to proudly speak his name.
Taps marked the conclusion of his service.
Taps isn’t only for Mr. Krause; it’s for all of them who have died. It’s instilled in them, Morales continued.
Despite the situation, this narrative is quite wonderful.
Rest in Heaven in Eternal Peace, Krause, Robert Thank you for your service to our country.
Thank you to the Bikers for your compassion and heartfelt kindness.
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