Hundreds of people braved a snowstorm in Colorado and icy roads to attend the funeral of a US Air Force veteran they had never met when it turned out he had no mourning.
Staff Sgt. Clyde Baldwin, 91, had no family members or friends to attend his funeral on Friday, stated Cheyenne Mountain VFW Post 3917.
Baldwin, who served in the army from 1950 to 1970, was never married, had no children, and his only living relative – a 93-year-old sister in Oklahoma – was unable to make this journey.
“We have an unaccompanied veteran with no known family members who will be deported to Pikes Peak National Cemetery on Friday morning,” said VFW’s Facebook post.
“Please help spread the word for a good show.”
Hundreds of people came to Baldwin’s funeral in Colorado Springs, Colorado, after it was revealed that he had no family or friends to participate
Several people decided to attend Baldwin’s funeral when Cheyenne Mountain posted VFW Post 3917 about the situation on Facebook
Justin Clark, founder of Veterans Referring Veterans, also begged people to attend the funeral to “show as much support as possible” in a Facebook video.
Despite the low turnout expectations, the VFW post led to a huge turnout when several social media users promised to abandon Baldwin.
Photos of the service show hundreds of people arriving with American flags, balloons, bagpipes and dressed in military uniforms all to greet a soldier they have never known.
Participant Robert Aholt told KRDO: “I would like to call him a brother. Although I have not served in the army myself, I still feel that he is part of our family. ”
Participants stood outside during a snowstorm with American flags, balloons and military uniforms in honor of Baldwin
Baldwin, who served in the Vietnam and Korean wars, lived with The Brigade Assistance before his death
Don Rohacek admitted that he did not know Baldwin, but is “eternally grateful” for the veteran.
“I never met the man we just buried. None of us did that. I don’t know if he was white or black, a man of faith or not, a husband or father or brother. I don’t know if he experienced the pain of losing his family or living a lonely life, “he wrote on Facebook.
“It appears that Staff Sgt. Clyde Baldwin had one last thing for us to do before he left. He brought men and women, young and old, rich and poor together to show us in this day of division that compassion and love for complete strangers still exists. “
“He managed to bring hundreds of us together, outside in the middle of a snowstorm in the middle of the winter in Colorado, to prove to us that the best of us is still here.”
Don Rohacek: “He brought men and women, young and old, rich and poor together to show us in this day of division that compassion and love for complete strangers still exists”
Baldwin served with the US Air Force for 20 years and is survived by his 93-year-old sister who lives in Oklahoma
Two men attending the funeral service greeted Baldwin before being buried on Friday at Pikes Peak National Cemetery
“Every day we lose vets who think that nobody cares. We came to say that we are doing it. You haven’t forgotten. ”
Nici Heisler said that she took care of Baldwin at The Brigade Assisted Living and was one of several people attending the funeral.
She said, “There were hundreds and hundreds of cars full of people who literally flew the cemetery and miles down the road.”
“Our team at The Bridge Assisted Living was blessed to look after this humble, friendly man for the past 3 years. Our hearts were all so touched and grateful to be a part of this today. ”
During his time with the Air Force, Baldwin served in the Vietnam War and the Korean War. He was originally from Kansas.