This incredible picture truly looks like somewhere over the rainbow. This was taken by Steve Edquist at Ft. Snelling National Cemetery in Minnesota. A final resting place of honor for our Military. (Thank you Steve for the use of your photo).
No one should die of the elements, of exposure in this country; and most certainly not a Veteran. But, it happens. According to an article by Piper Hoffman of Care2, about 700 Homeless People die every year from exposure. What a sad statistic that is.
This is a sad story, one of many and one of the reasons we do what we can here on Bridge and Beyond. Warm hats, scarves, and mittens can save a life. And so we knit and we crochet and we donate. This isn't the first post I've written about the death of a homeless person. Very recently I posted about Michael B. Williams, Jr.
However, this is also a rather heart warming story, as the community came together and took care of arrangements to honor this man, Lance Corporal Jackson. He was buried at Ft. Snelling with military honors, a 21 gun salute and bag pipes. Mueller Memorial provided their service for free, and arrangement were made to locate his brother, Don and bring him in for the service. He was honored to receive the folded flag from his brothers casket. The brothers hadn't seen each other in several years. Communications were strained and difficult with the disease and the homelessness. RIP Jerry.
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