A group of fellow veterans provided a motorbike escort to a former Marine who had no family to claim him when he passed away.
After he died in 2019, Robert Krause, a Marine in the 1950s, received a motorcycle escort from the Combat Veterans Motorcycle Association.
“Our motto is ‘vets helping vets,’” said Nick Morales, a Marine Corps and U.S. Army veteran. “We’re not going to let any vet go to their final resting place by themselves.”
Krause’s casket was escorted from the James A. Haley Veterans’ Hospital to the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell by Morales and other volunteer motorcyclists who attended Krause’s funeral.
”I’ve heard it said that a veteran dies twice: once on the battlefield and the second time when people stop saying his name,” Morales stated.
”If there’s anything we can do to prevent the latter, so be it,” he went on to say.
David Allen rallied fellow members after learning that a dozen or more veterans go unclaimed every year in the Tampa Bay area. Unfortunately, Allen said, “escorting this veteran with no family to his final rest place is the last thing we can do to help this veteran.”
Because it is believed that no veteran should be buried alone, the motorcyclists consider it an honor to join this group, according to the Newsner.
“We all have a common bond of service—our service, what we’ve done for our country. And regardless of what we’ve done after our service, we still have that bond,” Morales said.
Krause was given the proper send-off he deserved. Other veterans attended to proclaim his name loudly.
The Florida National Cemetery organizes a service for impoverished and forgotten veterans once a quarter, but they are open to individual services as well, according to cemetery authorities.
“This is the last opportunity that, as a combat veteran myself, I have to show respect for this veteran. If it’s not for us stepping up to do this for these veterans, many would go on to have a service at Bushnell with no one present,” said Allen, according to Fox 13.
Several Internet users left positive feedback for the group of veterans.
“That’s a very noble thing to do!” one user commented.
“This story is so beautiful in spite of the circumstances,” wrote another one. “Thank you…”