When military personnel or veterans pass away, they are usually given a respectful funeral with full military honors.
According to KTVI St. Louis, Sergeant John Beard served the United States in the Vietnam War. He was a member of the Air Force, and earned four awards for his service.
But when John returned back to civilian life, things took a tragic turn. The decorated veteran ended up homeless, as many so sadly do when they struggle to adapt to life after war.
Right before his death, Sergeant John met Calvin Whitaker, owner of Michel Funeral Home in St. Louis. At this point in his life, John was very sick.
John was only 67, but he was suffering from stage IV cancer in his brain and lungs. His new friend Calvin knew he was going to die, so he offered to give back to the man who had already given so much.
When John did pass away, Calvin and Michel Funeral Home gave him a funeral with full military honors, completely free of charge. Dozens of strangers and community members showed up, and even more watched the parade from the road.
Even though John died without a home, he traveled to the next life with a loving community. Check out the video below to learn more about John’s life and see scenes from his funeral, and please SHARE this story on Facebook.
Footage provided by KTVI St. Louis
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