Community invited to veteran’s funeral no one is expected to attend


ARLINGTON, VA – JULY 06: Members of am Old Guard burial team fold the American flag that rested upon the casket containing the remains of U.S. Army Sgt. Joseph Snock during the soldier’s full military honors burial ceremony at Arlington National Cemetery July 6, 2015 in Arlington, Virginia. Joseph Snock, from western Pennsylvania, died while […]

KILLEEN (KXAN) — On Thursday, the Texas Veterans Land Board invited community members and/or any next-of-kin of a U.S. Army veteran to attend his funeral — which no one is expected to attend.

U.S. Army Specialist Hugh Gary Bryan’s funeral will be held at 11 a.m. Feb. 27 at the Central State Veterans Cemetery located at 11463 State Highway 195 in Killeen. But no family members could be contacted to attend. 

The cemetery staff has coordinated with the Fort Hood Casualty Office to make sure Bryan will receive full miltary honors. If no next-of-kin presents themselves at the ceremony, a board representative will accept the U.S. flag on Bryan’s behalf.

The board urges the public to attend to honor Bryan’s life and service, as they believe no veteran should be buried alone. Just last month, a Facebook post went viral that discussed an Air Force veteran’s funeral that was expected to be unaccompanied. After many shares and coverage, hundreds of guests showed up to send the man off.

In the same spirit, the community is also invited to spread the word of Bryan’s burial via social media. 

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