An Arlington Cemetery Worker Carried This Veteran on His Back to Visit Wife’s Grave
The 96-year-old former POW never would have made it to that sacred spot if it weren't for a 'caring young fellow'
A World War II veteran who visited the Arlington National Cemetery last Saturday got a big boost from a cemetery employee — who made sure the 96-year-old was able to pay his respects to his wife, who is buried in those hallowed grounds.
George Boone came to the cemetery on an Honor Flight from North Carolina to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, reported Fox News. While at the cemetery, Boone asked to visit the gravesite of his late wife, Alma, who passed away in 2007.
In the rush to get over to his wife’s grave, Boone’s wheelchair was somehow accidentally left behind.
“I just sort of gave up on the whole thing and thought I would have to visit her from that distance,” the veteran told FOX5 over Skype on Sunday.
But that wasn’t how this would play out, thanks to a caring cemetery employee who stepped up to help –– offering to carry the 96-year-old on his back to visit his wife’s grave.
“I thought, ‘Carry me at my age, size and weight?'” Boone said.
The employee, who has chosen to remain anonymous, wasn’t troubled by any of that.
“He was such a caring young fellow, I felt like a toy in his arms,” a grateful Boone told FOX5.
Arlington Nat’l Cemetery worker carries a 96-y/o World War II vet on his back to help the vet visit his wife’s grave https://t.co/fE1p3lVI7r
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Boone served as a B-25 pilot during World War II, according to Fox News, and became a prisoner of war when he was shot down over Romania in 1943.
The special moment on Saturday would not have been possible had it not been for that employee’s effort to go the extra mile, Boone told FOX5.
“I would like him to know how greatly I appreciate what he did,” he said. “His kindness was overwhelming.”
“God bless both these men.”
A Boston-area husband and father of three whose own father served in the Korean War said, “It is we who should be grateful –– Mr. Boone and all the other heroic World War II veterans carried this nation on their backs, and changed the future of the world in the process. God bless both these men.”