Have I got the perfect heartwarming Veteran’s Day story for you! When British World War II vet Harold Jellicoe “Coe” Percival passed away last month at the age of 99, the local newspaper ran an obituary that sadly revealed Percival had no living relatives to attend his funeral. The obit also included a line asking ”any service personnel who can” to attend his Percival’s funeral if they could. Now, how many of us are actually in the habit of reading the obituary page and would have noticed such a call to action? Not I! But a scan of the obit appeared online last week and quickly went viral — and veterans and current service members made it their mission to make sure plenty turned out to pay their respects.
“If you’re in the area give him the send off he deserves,” asked Sgt. Rick Clement, an Afghanistan War vet who was wounded in the line of duty. “This guy needs and deserves your help.”
And wouldn’t you know it, but hundreds of service members showed up to attend Percival’s funeral this morning in Lancashire, England. While Percival was not a member of the United States Armed Forces, I thank him for his service as an ally of the U.S. during WWII and applaud those who came out today to bid a stranger a fond farewell. [Gawker]