90-Year-Old Korean War Veteran Given Full Military Funeral by 400 Strangers in Ohio

May 27, 2019 Updated: June 4, 2019

Spring Grove Funeral Home in Cincinnati, Ohio, put out a compassionate request to the community to attend a Korean War veteran’s funeral on May 24, and the response was overwhelming. The funeral house was astounded with the public’s outpouring of support.

Around 400 strangers gathered from far and wide to give Hezekiah Perkins, the veteran who served his country in the United States Army and fought in the Korean War in the 1950s, a fitting military farewell. “We had no idea what the response was going to be,” said the funeral home’s Director of Operations, Skip Phelps, to CNN.

Tomorrow afternoon at 3P Veteran Hezekiah Perkins will be buried in Section 137 Lot 318 Space 1. Mr. Perkins…

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Ninety-year-old Perkins had passed away on May 4 due to natural causes. Since his distant family was out of town and his daughter couldn’t make it due to poor health, he had no mourners to attend his funeral that took place on the Memorial Day weekend at the Cincinnati’s Spring Grove Cemetery.

Perkins had pre-paid and pre-arranged for his funeral 20 years prior to his death, according to Fox 19.

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Some mourners came from miles and miles away to pay their final respects to the war veteran on Saturday, May 25.

“It being Memorial Day weekend it was the right thing to do to come up and honor his life,” Suzanne Koehne told Fox 19. She had driven almost 100 miles to pay her respects to Perkins, who was buried with full military honors, including the traditional playing of taps, the distinctive bugle melody played at U.S. military funerals and memorials.

“My heart just told me you got to come and see this man off for serving his country,” Kevin Moneace, of Hamilton, Ohio, said.

Hundreds of cars were led by motorcycles, and veterans in full military uniform were in attendance, CNN reported.

It was indeed a sight to behold. Perkins’s daughter was able to pay her final respects to her father via FaceTime and witness this touching service. “She is just in tears. She is so grateful and moved by the kindness and and [sic] the love and support of the military family and everybody else that came out,” Lynay Straughn, funeral director of Spring Grove Cemetery, said.

As per reports, Straughn accepted the folded American flag on behalf of the family.

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The somber service was also attended by Antonette Williams, who worked at the nursing home where Perkins lived. She shared that the veteran was a loving and caring person who always wore a smile.

“Always respectful,” she told WCPO. “Loved his Army fatigue pants and his shirt. Loved it.”

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Soldiers from Fort Knox were also present at the service to perform a flag ceremony for Perkins.

“When we saw that this gentleman served and was going to be buried alone, we couldn’t let that happen,” said Patricia Buschmann, with the American Legion Post 630 in Blue Ash. “He’s one of our brothers and we had to be here.”

She further added: “Every human being deserves the dignity of having someone to see them off, and someone who has served has a lot of brothers and sisters, and they have come here to recognize him.”

The veteran, who was born in 1929, had his burial vault upgraded by the Baxter Vault Company, as per a Cemetery official.

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Touched by the community’s gesture, the Spring Grove Cemetery posted on Facebook: “We cannot express the feeling of patriotism and pride our Spring Grove Family feels today. Thank you to everyone who participated and everyone who helped share the story.”

We cannot express the feeling of patriotism and pride our Spring Grove Family feels today. THANK YOU to everyone who…

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