Military members whose bodies were not claimed by relatives were once laid to rest with little to no acknowledgement.
Some veterans die homeless or without surviving relatives to claim them. Then there are those who do have surviving relatives but, sadly, they simply do not want to claim them.
If anyone deserves a dignified funeral, it’s these heroic men and women who risked their lives to serve their country.
Robert Krause served as a Marine in the 1950s. When he died, he had no family and no one to claim him.
“I’ve heard it said that a veteran dies twice: once on the battlefield and the second time when people stop saying his name,” says Marine Corps and US Army veteran Nick Morales. “If there’s anything we can do to prevent the latter, so be it.”
And so Nick and his other volunteer bikers showed up at Robert’s funeral service to escort his casket from the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital to the Florida National Cemetery.
Robert received the send-off he so deserved, complete with a motorcycle escort and a beautiful rolling tribute of the Taps bugle call.
They were there to proudly speak his name.
This story originally appeared at LittleThings.