Hundreds of people showed up to a funeral for a veteran who had no family in Sarasota, FL. Edward K. Pearson is the name of the veteran who sadly passed away at 80 years old back on August 30th. Reporters on social media shared the huge outpouring of love the community showed for him for his funeral. He has the full support of so many people who wanted to honor him and thank him one final time for his service.
One reporter, John Rogers, says, “HONORING A HERO! Look at that crowd! Hundreds are gathering in Sarasota to honor a veteran who died without any family. At this point, there’s still 30 min before the service starts!”
Hundreds support veteran with no family at his funeral
Pearson had no immediate family to come to his funeral. Therefore, the public was welcome to attend and pay their respects. The service was on Tuesday, October 1st, at 12:30 p.m. at the Sarasota National Cemetery.
Pearson served in the U.S. Army from February 1962 to February 1964. Legacy Options Funeral Director Michael Hoyt was the one who organized the public service for the veteran. “He served his country, and I know he doesn’t have any immediate family. And doing the right thing for a veteran that served our family was the right thing to do.”
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News coverage shows outstanding support
Hoyt goes on to say that the outpouring of support shows human nature and how we truly all care for one another. He says that it shows that we, as humans, don’t just care about ourselves. We will go out of our own way, especially to support those who serve us and allow us our freedoms.
Many people have already sounded off in the comments section of the video, also paying their respects. “Thank you, servicemen and women and veterans for your serving our country,” one person comments.
Take a look at the official news coverage from the funeral service below. Be sure to leave your respects as well!
This story originally appeared at Do You Remember by Jane Kenney.
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