93-yr-old WWII veteran dies with no family to carry casket – then 6 teens show up in uniform

93-yr-old WWII veteran dies with no family to carry casket – then 6 teens show up in uniform


Veterans who served our country are the pillars-of-the-community and the reason why we get to enjoy the freedom of today. 

These people have sacrificed a lot and deserve all the respect in this world. We should make sure to always remind them how we wouldn’t make it without their courage and selflessness. 

However, young generations don’t seem to understand the role the veterans played for the safety of the nation, and although it’s sad, our faith in the youth restores when we hear stories like the one below. These young men did something that should teach the rest of us how things should be done the right way.

This is the story of Thomas Hunter, a brave soldier who took part in the WWII from 1942 to 1949. 

After the war ended he didn’t get married and spent his life of 93 years alone. He did have siblings, 11 to be exact, whom he outlived. So when this veteran died, there was no one who could carry his casket. 

Bryan Price, the funeral director helping to arrange the necessary formalities, contacted local football coach Lyn Bankston to see if any of his players would be willing to help out.

Bankston spoke with Matthew Harrell, Brett Jurek, Justin Lawson, T.J. Homan, Christian Evans, and Lee Estay to see if they minded getting involved. Every single one of them gave a resounding yes.

“They know the sacrifice Mr. Hunter made and it meant something to them,” Bankston said

The boys appeared on the day of the funeral wearing their football uniforms and performed all the duties this man deserved as a final goodbye.

U.S. Rep. Ralph Abraham praised the young men for their actions, saying:

“They didn’t know this man, but they knew that every veteran deserves to die with dignity and be honored for the sacrifices he made in defense of this nation,” Abraham said. “I think the actions of these young men speak volumes about what’s truly important — country, community, family, God.”

We can’t thank these young men enough for everything they did for the veteran, because helping him meant helping the nation. They assured us our youth is well raised and knows how to respect the elderly and those who gave up on everything for the United States.

This is indeed a really touching story. Please share it with your family and friends.