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Hundreds of strangers attend Cincinnati area funeral for Korean War Veteran with no family in town

Hundreds of strangers attend Cincinnati area funeral for Korean War veteran whose family couldn’t make it as burial was live streamed so his sick daughter could watch

  • Hezekiah Perkins, 90, was laid to rest at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati on Saturday 
  • Perkins was a soldier in the United States Army and served in Korea 
  • Funeral home asked the public to pay their respects since Perkins did not have family nearby
  • Some 400 people came to the funeral, which included full military honors 

Hezekiah Perkins, 90, was laid to rest at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati on Saturday

Hundreds of Good Samaritans paid their respects to a Korean War veteran who was buried without any immediate family at his funeral.

Hezekiah Perkins, 90, was laid to rest at Spring Grove Cemetery in Cincinnati on Saturday.

The cemetery posted notices asking members of the public to attend Perkins’s funeral since he did not have any immediate family who could attend.

‘Once I learned his daughter and other family members would not be able to attend – his daughter due to health issues – I just felt it was very fitting that this soldier receive long overdue honors,’ said Lynay Straughn, an employee of the cemetery.

Spring Grove arranged for soldiers from nearby Fort Knox, Kentucky to give Perkins full military honors, according to WKRC-TV.

The funeral home also live streamed the burial service so that his daughter can watch from afar.

The cemetery asked the public to pay respects to Perkins who did not have any family members nearby who could attend his burial

The cemetery asked the public to pay respects to Perkins who did not have any family members nearby who could attend his burial

More than 100 veterans on motorcycles rode in a cavalcade to escort Perkins¿s body

More than 100 veterans on motorcycles rode in a cavalcade to escort Perkins’s body

Staff estimated that some 400 people showed up to pay their respects to a man they never met

Staff estimated that some 400 people showed up to pay their respects to a man they never met

Perkins died with a rank of Army Private First Class following his service in the Korean War. He purchased a burial plot 20 years ago at the cemetery

Perkins died with a rank of Army Private First Class following his service in the Korean War. He purchased a burial plot 20 years ago at the cemetery

Straughn said: ‘She is just in tears.

‘She is so grateful and moved by the kindness and and the love and support of the military family and everybody else that came out.’

More than 100 veterans on motorcycles rode in a cavalcade to escort Perkins’s body, Fox 19 TV reported.

Perkins died with a rank of Army Private First Class following his service in the Korean War.

He purchased a burial plot 20 years ago at the cemetery.

Cemetery staff never expected such a massive response from the community.

‘It started out as a little bitty idea and it just mushroomed into hundreds of people,’ Straughn said.

Staff estimated that some 400 people showed up to pay their respects to a man they never met.

‘No one should ever leave this world alone and we will not let a fellow veteran leave this world alone,’ said Pat Bushman of American Legion Post 630, a national veterans organization. 

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