Vietnam Army Veteran, John Huber III, passed away last year with no family near by. I was contacted by his neighbor to help photograph the memorial service to send to his out of town family. His neighbor helped organize his service from start to finish including helping close out his estate and taking care of his arrangements. Now that is a great neighbor! He discovered that Mr. Huber was a photographer and had quite an amazing assortment of great equipment. I instantly related to him. Not only did he think it would be important to document it for his family, but Mr. Huber himself would be honored though his connection to photography.
The best surprise was the turnout! We expected it to be just Stephen, the neighbor, and myself. Imagine our surprise when about 75 people showed up including multiple media outlets to honor him! Another Vietnam veteran also was laid to rest that day. Both men had no family in attendance but they were honored and appreciated by every person there. It was an honor to be a part of this and I will hold these memories close to my heart. My family and I thank you, Mr. Huber, for your service and sacrifice.
I loved talked to the veterans present to hear how they support each other. One gentleman told me how he was the first group of soldiers to bring dogs overseas. He took that job thinking he would never see battle but he ended up being the experiment group. And honestly, I don’t know how anyone isn’t moved to tears by Taps and a 21 gun salute. It is simply beautiful and powerful.