Funerals are not the most joyful events. However, an obituary requesting for available serviceman to attend a soldier’s funeral because he has no family, is even worse. How can a person who has given so much to their country, have no one who wants to say goodbye?
The obituary was for a World War II veteran, named Harold Jellicoe “Coe” Percival, who died at the age of 99 at Alistre Lodge Nursing Home in Lancashire, United Kingdom. Percival served as ground crew in the RAF Bomber Command during WWII. He was unmarried and had no family to attend his funeral. An obituary was published by the funeral home with a request for any service personnel to attend the memorial service.
Someone saw this and was obviously affected by the gloomy call, and posted the image on Twitter where it went viral. The internet once again succeeded in rousing people to respond to a human call, as the BBC News reported that close to a hundred people joined the funeral service, while more than 400 people stood in the rain outside to remember the late soldier. It’s a wonderful world we live in, that an obituary for a WWII veteran goes viral.