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Students Volunteer As Pallbearers For Veteran’s Funeral

Do the right thing. It certainly seems to be a message that has become quite convoluted in its meaning over the past several weeks. However, an incident that took place in Winnfield, Louisiana has at least in my mind brought into sharp focus what it really means to “do the right thing”

Those six members of the Winnfield High School football team are serving as pallbearers at funeral services for a 93-year-old World War II veteran. The man, Thomas Hunter, had no close family so these young men stepped up and did what I would call “the right thing”.

They didn’t know this man, but they knew that every veteran deserves to die with dignity and be honored for the sacrifices he made in defense of this nation.

Those are the words of Louisiana Congressman Ralph Abraham as reported by the Louisiana Radio Network. Congressman Abraham recognized the six young men in a speech made on the United States House of Representatives floor. 

Matthew Harrell, Brett Jurek, Justin Lawson, T.J. Homan, Christian Evans and Lee Estay volunteered to serve as Hunter’s pallbearers. They didn’t make that choice to get their names in the paper or on the Internet. They stepped up because a true American hero deserved to be honored in death with the same dignity he served in life.

That’s what you do when you do the right thing.



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