The Tri-County Veterans Honor Guard in Tennessee gave final military honors to Sides, dicendo che era nella zona solo da pochi giorni prima di morire improvvisamente a giugno 1.
Photos posted by WVLT reporter Abby Kousouris show the Honor Guard along with citizens and other veterans paying their respects to Sides.
“The Honor Guard asked people to attend and were blown away by the support,” WVLT reported.
Sides was honorably discharged at the rank of staff sergeant, secondo un necrologio posted online by a mortuary in Maynardville.
Da 2000, funeral homes in more than 30 cities have given dignified burials to about 3,000 veterans who died alone, il Associated Press reported in 2019.