"You would not BELIEVE what this guy in Missouri has done!! Turns out that as soon as I e-mailed him, he mobilized his group and was just waiting for my friend Janie to call him. When they talked today, he said it was all set up - they have someone to play Taps, he will have a flag on his coffin, and they are going to form a flag line for Cloyes's casket to be carried through and the family to walk through from the church to the cemetery (they're right next to each other).
On top of that, when he found out that the family didn't have the money to pay for an obituary, he asked for permission to call the funeral home and make the arrangements for it to be put in the paper and they're going to pay for it!!! He said he would put it on his own credit card and it would be his honor to do it. Wow!
Thank you, thank you, thank you for being involved with this group - the family is absolutely floored that complete strangers would honor a man they never met just because he was a veteran. His grown sons broke down in tears when they found out that Cloyes will be honored in this way, because he was so proud of having served in the Army. Dealing with a loved one's death is never easy, but the family will have memories that they never would have had without YOU. Thanks again, my friend. :)
Ride safely, my friends...