It was a fine thing these people did to honor this veteran.
More than 100 Community members packed a small church in Taunton, Massachusetts, to honor a veteran who died without family November 22.
Saturday, every pew in the West Congregational Church was filled with neighbors, first responders, and military veterans who wanted to remember the life of 99-year-old U.S. Army veteran Arthur Schroeder, according to Military.com.
“I may not have known Arthur, but the outpouring of support for him here today speaks volumes to his character,” Acting Mayor Donald Cleary said during the service.
For someone like Art who was so giving and kind and had such distinguished service to our country and lived through so many historic moments, we wanted to make sure Art had a service filled with people and love and the recognition and honor he deserves,” said Mayor-Elect Shaunna O’Connell.
The day before he died, Dion said she made sure the veteran whom she thought of as a father knew how much he was loved and appreciated by the community.
“I told him how much I love him and that I would miss him terribly but we would be OK and would see him again and Ann was waiting for him and his best friends were waiting for him,” she commented, adding, “He will never be far from my heart. They don’t make them like that anymore.”
Following the service, Schroeder was laid to rest next to his beloved wife at the Massachusetts National Cemetery in Bourne.