From The Blaze:
Ninety-nine-year-old United Kingdom World War II veteran Harold Jellicoe Percival was alone in the world without any close family when he died last month, leaving some to worry he would be buried without anyone even at his funeral. That’s when Reddit, an online community where users can share links, photos and videos, stepped in. On Saturday, a user submitted a photo of a small newspaper clipping with the caption, “I feel like Reddit would want to do something about this.”…The story quickly went viral online, catching the attention of a local newspaper. The Lyntham St Annes Express published a front-page story online over the weekend reiterating the call for people to attend Percival’s funeral, slated for Armistice Day.
Hundreds of servicemen and community members ultimately turned out at the Lytham Park Crematorium, enduring the rain to say farewell to the late World War II veteran.
If this doesn’t give you hope, I don’t know what will; the fact that hundreds of strangers took time out of their lives to honor a fallen veteran like that is simply amazing. With all the evil in the world, it really is nice to hear about something this touching. I can only wonder what Harold Percival would have thought if he knew this was going to happen; if he knew that hundreds of people who didn’t even know him would honor his service, even in his death.
We should treat all Veterans in such a way, and I can only hope that the people of America would do the same for our veterans (fortunately, I think we would). Rest In Piece Harold Jellicoe Percival, and thank you for your service to your country.