Hundreds Show Up to Funeral for Veteran Who Had No Family
66-year-old war veteran Ronnie Toler passed away last month in Dickson, Tennessee. He served overseas in the '70s and received the National Defense Service Medal.
The rehab center where he died couldn't find any family members in the area, so a local funeral home made sure he got a proper send-off.
The owners of Dickson Funeral Home said they'd pay for his funeral. Even though it would have been cheaper to have him cremated, they wanted him to be buried with full military honors.
One of their employees posted about it on Facebook, and said anyone who wanted to come could show up. When his hearse arrived at the cemetery on Monday, hundreds of people had come from all over the state to be there.
A woman named Annette Robeck was there, and told a reporter that Ronnie's send-off is what every veteran should get. "Never leave a soldier behind."
The organizers also found out that Ronnie's mother lives in a nursing home in California, and couldn't make it. So the Patriot Guard Riders are making sure she gets the flag that was folded for him at the service.