PACKED FUNERAL FOR VET WHO DIED ALONE!
HUNDREDS HONOR MAN THEY NEVER KNEW
HUNDREDS of strangers packed a Nebraska cemetery to pay respects to Vietnam veteran Stanley Stoltz after hearing he had no living family members. After Good Shepherd Funeral Home in Omaha posted a newspaper notice inviting the public to the Army man’s memorial on Nov. 27, nearly 2,000 people braved the cold to honor the 73-year-old war hero. The unexpected crowd was so immense, bumper-to-bumper traffic clogged I-80 and the service’s start was delayed to ensure everyone could offer a final salute to Stanley.
“No vet deserves to die alone,” said attendee Dick Harrington. “We looked around and said, ‘Here’s his family.’ It’s true. Veterans. We’re all family.”
“This is the kind of reception our Vietnam veterans deserved,” added Amy Douglas, one of Stanley’s caretakers during his final days.
“I never knew the man,” said mourner Jake Gissendanner. “I honor his life for his service to our country.”
A newspaper notice drew a crowd for Stanley Stoltz
A fitting service