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Old Yesterday, 06:01 PM
 
Location: Somewhere, out there in Zone7B
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A sad, but happy ending. Kudo's to those who attended!!!!


After Hearing U.S. Veteran Had No Family, Huge Crowd Attends His Funeral In Texas


https://www.npr.org/2019/01/28/68937...neral-in-texas


Scores of people turned up for Joseph Walker's funeral Monday in Texas — not because they knew him, but because they knew the Vietnam-era veteran was at risk of being buried without anyone in attendance.
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Old Yesterday, 07:44 PM
 
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So? This only served to make those who showed up feel warm and fuzzy about themselves.

Where were these virtue-signalers when this guy was living and dying alone?
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Old Today, 04:47 AM
 
Location: Florida
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Do you think it made the old vet feel better? The better story would be that it inspired them to start visiting
old people that are alone
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Old Today, 06:52 AM
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Big deal. People do it all the time. They don't visit, call or wire those who need it the most, but they'll show up for the funeral and act all noble and heart-struck about it.
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Old Today, 07:04 AM
 
Location: Central New Jersey
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Happened here in NJ last week. Same sad story. I believe the papers said over a thousand people attended.
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Old Today, 07:38 AM
 
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So? This only served to make those who showed up feel warm and fuzzy about themselves.

Where were these virtue-signalers when this guy was living and dying alone?
I truly think there should be some kind of volunteer "foster friends" program for those who are alone and would just like some company now and then. Of course, ideally, they would be matched with people with some mutual interests and compatible personalities.
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Old Today, 08:40 AM
 
Location: Los Angeles County
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Nice ending but wish the guy would have had these people around when he was alive to appreciate them.
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Old Today, 11:40 AM
 
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What a useless gesture. As others have noted. Where were all those people when these guys were still alive?

There are LOTS of isolated elders. How many of these wunnerful wunnerful people are connecting with lonely elders still living? Not even the ones they are related to, let alone a total stranger.

I'm sure they all think they are wonderful people now, and not one in 100 of them are doing a thing for the still living.

"Virtue signalers". I'll have to remember that. Very appropriate term. I've heard it before but it seems particularly apropos in this instance. LOOK AT ME, I'M SUCH A GOOD PERSON - for doing something that took maybe an hour of their time, where everyone could see them doing it. Wow. So impressive! NOT!
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Old Today, 11:50 AM
 
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Did y'all miss the part where his family (yes, he has one) called the funeral home to make arrangements but couldn't be reached after that?

After his death, his family contacted a funeral home in Austin to arrange for a funeral service but then could not be reached, funeral director Gilbert Cavazos told Fox News. "We made every attempt," Cavazos said.

I'm just going to go ahead and guess they didn't want to be on the hook for any costs.

https://www.foxnews.com/us/thousands...-texas-funeral
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Old Today, 12:02 PM
 
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So? That doesn't change anything.
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