A Vietnam Air Force veteran named Joseph Walker recently passed away and when the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery could not locate and family, they decided to invite the public to his funeral.
Local and national news media helped spread the word.
Texans won't let this happen… https://t.co/IPcOcszpqJ
— Janet Shamlian (@JanetShamlian) January 27, 2019
No one is expected to attend the funeral for Joseph Walker, who served in the US Air Force 1964-1968.
His funeral will take place Monday at 10 a.m. at the Central Texas State Cemetery.
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) January 27, 2019
Walker was laid to rest this morning and a line of cars stretched for miles in Killeen, Texas filled with people wanting to attend the funeral.
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
Today I attended the funeral of Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker. With no family or friends his funeral was expected to have no visitors. Instead, thousands of Texans came to pay their respects. #txlege pic.twitter.com/iXjvNTlrfk
— Giovanni Capriglione (@VoteGiovanni) January 28, 2019
It’s estimated that thousands turned out so the veteran’s funeral wouldn’t go unattended.