Hezekiah Perkins had ready for the funeral greater than 20 years in the past. He’d pay as you go for the ceremony and the burial, the funeral residence mentioned on its Fb web page.
However when the day lastly got here this week, Perkins’ relations could not make the journey to Cincinnati, Ohio, due to well being points.
So, Spring Grove Funeral Residence put out a plea to the group. The funeral residence requested them to return fill the chairs to honor the legacy of a person who fought for the US Military within the Korean Struggle within the 1950’s.
“We had no thought what the response was going to be,” mentioned the funeral residence’s Director of Operations Skip Phelps.
On Saturday hundreds of individuals confirmed as much as pay their respects. Phelps mentioned some drove a whole bunch of miles to be in attendance, together with one couple from Mississippi.
Troopers from Fort Knox have been on the service to carry out a flag ceremony. The workers acted as pallbearers and the funeral director, Lynay Straughn, acquired the flag on behalf of the household.
Perkins was honored by a full army processional with a whole bunch of vehicles led by bikes, a bugle participant enjoying TAPS, bagpipers enjoying “Superb Grace,” and veterans in full army uniforms, in keeping with Phelps.
Perkins’ daughter was in a position to see the service by way of Facetime.
Phelps mentioned as much as two hours after the service was over folks have been nonetheless coming to pay their respects. “It was really superb,” Phelps mentioned. “Cincinnati got here out and confirmed their respect for his or her veterans.”
Spring Grove thanked the group for making the occasion so particular.
“We’re humbled by the turnout and so very happy with our Spring Grove Household and particularly our group. Thanks to everybody who helped share this story on Fb and within the media,” the assertion mentioned.