Our veterans deserve our utmost praise and respect. They have sacrificed so much for us, that is the least we can do for them.
Unfortunately, as veterans get older, many of them get forgotten and the respect starts to fade away. People move on with their lives and forget just what it was these brave men and women did to ensure we are able to live the lives we have.
That’s why we love hearing stories like this one.
Thomas Hunter served in the Army from 1942-49. He participated in the D-Day invasion during World War II.
After the war, Hunter never married. He had 11 siblings, but when he passed away on September 12 at the age of 93 he had outlived them all. Only some nieces survived him.
When it came time to plan Hunter’s funeral, they didn’t know who they could get to carry his casket. Bryan Price, the funeral director at Southern Funeral Homes in Winnfield, Louisiana, decided to contact local football coach Lyn Bankston to see if any of his players would be willing to help out.
Bankston knew just the young men. He asked players Matthew Harrell, Brett Jurek, Justin Lawson, T.J. Homan, Christian Evans, and Lee Estay if they would be willing to step in for this man and his family. Every single one of them gave a resounding yes.
“These are all young men who are leaders in our program and our community,” Bankston said. “They know the sacrifice Mr. Hunter made and it meant something to them.”
On the day of the funeral, the six teens arrived in uniform – their football uniforms.