1,000+ strangers attend funeral for veteran who died alone

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LAWRENCE, Ind. — It was a heartwarming show of support for someone who gave to his country, but died alone.

More than 1,000 strangers turned out to for an emotional sendoff to a U.S. Marine Corps veteran who they never knew.


80-year old Billy Aldridge died in an Indianapolis nursing home last month. The facility administrators say he didn’t have any family to make arrangements.

So, the company handling the services posted Bill’s story on their Facebook page and asked the public to help them give him a dignified funeral.

The response was overwhelming and more than 1,000 people attended Tuesday’s services.

Fellow veterans and complete strangers showed up to pay their respects.

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