Strangers Jump To Help WW2 Veteran To Visit His Wife’s Grave.
Regular volunteers are one thing, and they should certainly be respected for the amazing amount of time they give to any project. But when you help a person with any priceless deed, no matter how big or small, you’re being a volunteer. And, in the overall scheme of life, isn’t that what we should all be doing?
Earlier this year, World War II veteran George Boone had his son drive him to Arlington National Cemetery to visit his wife, Alma, who was laid to rest 10 years ago. Back during the war, George, a B-24 pilot, was shot out of the sky, and taken prisoner by the Nazis. He held out, and was able to make it through the war as a POW, and finally made it back home.
And now, at 96, the frail man who had traveled from North Carolina to Washington, D.C., on an Honor Flight, was only 70 yards away from his wife’s burial site as his son slowed the car on the cemetery’s drive path.
That’s when his son realized that he’d forgotten to load his father’s wheelchair in the trunk. There was no way that George could walk even that short distance to visit with Alma, despite having every reason to try. But he just knew his weakened legs could not do what they once did.
Along with George and his son in the car were two men who accompanied them from the Honor Flight. They were there to make sure that all things during his visit went smoothly. And they were going to make Sure George got to be close to his wife. So they made a chair out of their arms and lifted George from the car.
And then one of them carried George that 70 yards on his back, past many grave markers, until they came to Alma’s resting site. And there, the two unnamed men held up George for 10 minutes while he paid his respects to his beloved wife.
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