Hundreds Of People Showed Up To The Funeral Of This Tennessee Veteran Who Didn’t Have Any Family

Vietnam War veteran Sgt. Leo Stokely passed away this week. Since he had no known family at the time of his passing to commemorate his life, he was to be given an “unclaimed veteran” funeral.

A call went out on Facebook with the details for the service.

*** Call for Attendance (Pegram, TN) ***WTF Nation, we have an unclaimed veteran being buried with no family. Leo…

Posted by U.S Army W.T.F! moments on Wednesday, November 7, 2018

The caption reads:

“*** Call for Attendance (Pegram, TN) ***

“WTF Nation, we have an unclaimed veteran being buried with no family. Leo Stokley, 69, of Murfreesboro, TN passed away on Sunday, November 4, 2018, at the Waters of Cheatham in Ashland City. Leo served his country in the United States Marine Corps and did a tour of duty in Vietnam. Leo will be buried with Military Honors on Friday, November 9, 2018, at the Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery in Nashville, TN at 10:00am. Please support so he is not buried alone.”

Word of Stokely’s funeral was originally put out by nurses who felt it wouldn’t be right for the memorial to be a small and lonely affair. The message spread rapidly. People heeded the call. The crowd grew and grew last Friday. People poured up the hill joining Tea Gray, Cay Cross, and Samantha Anderson, who were Stokely’s caregivers.

Gray stated to the local NBC News affiliate:

“A lot of people wouldn’t understand that he had nobody, but he had us. He had us.”

And Cross added:

“I can say we were his family. He became our family.”

People paid tribute to the late Marine.

Stokely’s death came on the same weekend as Veteran’s Day.

People honored all who have served in our military.

Democrats and Republicans came together to honor military veterans.

We thank Sgt. Stokely for his service.

H/T: Twitter, Channel 4 News, Channel 5 News