Military veterans put their own lives on the line for the greater good. Sadly, many wartime military members aren’t given the chance to live to see their old age. But among those who do, they have enough memories to last a lifetime.
George Boone is a 96-year-old World War II veteran. Boone flew a B-24 bomber during the war, and spent time as a prisoner of war after his plane was shot down over Romania in 1943.
Even after surviving so much, Boone is aware of his limitations due to old age. He was worried those limitations would keep him from visiting his departed wife’s grave.
Boone was visiting the Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, Virginia in April 2018.
Boone was visiting the famous Arlington National Cemetery from North Carolina with a tour group, but he wanted to make a special stop. His wife of 56 years, Alma, passed away in 2008, and he wanted to visit her grave site. But something was missing.
“I said, ‘Dad, I forgot the wheelchair. Do you think you can walk with assistance?'” Jon Boone, George’s son, said to CNN.
In his weakened state, George knew his body wouldn’t be able to make it—and with about 70 yards of distance between them, he thought he’d have to remember his lovely wife from afar.
“I just sort of gave up on the whole thing and thought I would have to visit her from that distance,” Boone said to FOX 5.
A cemetery employee overheard the situation and wanted to help.
A cemetery employee and a volunteer observed the situation and decided to help the elderly man. But there was only one solution: carry him.
“I thought — carry me at my age, size and weight?” Boone said. “He was such a caring young fellow. I felt like a toy in his arms.”
Boone was carried piggyback style by the kind-hearted employee, who was a fellow military veteran. The Good Samaritan chose to remain anonymous.
“He said, ‘This is my honor and privilege. I’m going to carry you. Wrap your arms around my neck, I’ve got you,” Jon Boone said. “And off they went.”
The employee helped facilitate an emotional reunion for George Boone and his late wife.
“Without a doubt, it gives you so much pride to be an American,” Jon Boone said. “It’s not all what we see on the news. There are incredible people out there waiting to do good things and show acts of kindness.”
When Boone was ready to return to the car, the employee carried him back. Without his help, Boone doubts he would have ever been able to pay his respects to his wife.
“I would like him to know how greatly I appreciate what he did. His kindness was overwhelming.”