Richard Rhodes, 73, passed away just a week before Christmas without a will or anyone to mourn him.
In an act of care by the community, a local funeral home prepared Rhodes’ body and put in their best effort to send the veteran off with a proper burial.
Funeral home directer Brittany Horton spread the message to local veterans in hopes that they would help honor a fellow soldier who had died quietly at home. Horton told Minneapolis ABC affiliate KSTP:
“It just goes to show how important things like this are. People don’t want to be forgotten and I think based on the people here today I don’t think he will be forgotten.”
In an amazing act of care and kindness, over a hundred people – strangers who never met him in life – showed up to send Rhodes off with full military honors.
Local pastor Rick Iglesias, who attended the funeral, also had this to say about Rhodes:
‘He was not a number, but a man. Not a stranger, but a son. His family is lost to us, as he was lost to them.’
In the true spirit of community, the city of Winona treated a lonely veteran with the respect that he deserved and did not allow him to be laid to rest alone.
—Courtesy of IJ Review