I’m going to do my best to take time next Friday to attend this funeral for someone who served our country. I don’t know him, but apparently he doesn’t have any family. Sad. Makes me think back to my favorite series (The West Wing) and this episode (4 min clip): In Excelsis Deo

Here is an email I received this week. Can’t recall ever receiving one of these.

Unclaimed Veteran Funeral Announcement
Lynch, William

Good Afternoon Everyone,

It is with great sadness that again I am reaching out to inform the community of the death of an unclaimed veteran. Mr. George Shaw honorably and faithfully served our country in the United States Coast Guard.

Mr. Shaw passed away on March 6th, 2019 and has no identifiable family. The Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program will hold a funeral service with military honors at 11 AM on Friday, April 12th 2019 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

The Homeless Veterans Burial Program is inviting the community to attend the funeral services for Mr. George Thomas Shaw to serve as his family and to help provide a honorable farewell.

A funeral procession will start at 10:15 am, leaving from Dunbar Funeral Home Dutch Fork Chapel. Funeral Escorts will be provided by the Patriot Guard Riders and the Richland County Sheriff’s Office.

I would ask if you please forward this email to any person who should know about or may be able to attend the funeral services for Mr. Shaw. If you have any questions or concerns please feel free to reach out to me.