GREEN BAY, Wis. (WFLA/CNN) — A group of veterans and community members gathered at a funeral of a veteran with no family members to make sure he had company when he was laid to rest.
When the trumpets faded, Jonathan Whitt was surrounded by strangers, yet loved nonetheless. Many of the strangers were veterans themselves.
“When you serve, when you got to basic training and serve with a group of individuals, it becomes a worldwide camaraderie,” Joe Aulik said.
Whitt’s family is largely disconnected; both his mother and step-father have passed. But this 31-year-old unclaimed veteran did not get sent off alone.
“To let this man know, wherever he’s at: your country supports you, we support you, and his family, wherever they are, that people love and support him, as well. Even in his final hours here,” Susan Powers said.
He was laid to rest in the company of the closest family he had left.
- After the US’s worst week of COVID-19 cases, here’s where your state stands
- 153 new COVID-19 cases in Taylor County, 55 hospitalizations
- View with caution: This may be America’s creepiest Halloween display
- Quiz: How well do you know the White House families?
- Democrats cancel Texas event after Trump supporters surround, follow Biden bus