A final farewell to 7 homeless veterans


It’s a tribute like no other: Local veterans groups are planning a funeral service next week to say a final farewell to several homeless veterans.

They served our country and deserve a proper goodbye.

The public is invited to a memorial service for veterans who had no one else. Berry Funeral Home is making this happen along with support from veterans groups.

Reid Gerhardt, the president of the East Tennessee Veterans Honor Guard stopped by the WATE 6 On Your Side studtios to talk about the upcoming memorial service.

The service is happening Tuesday, Feb. 5 at 8:30 a.m. at Berry Funeral Home on the Chapman Highway. 

The seven veterans are: 

  • Sgt. Frank Harmon Wilson, U.S. Army
  • Sp5 Charles Joseph Burnett, U.S. Army and his wife, Angela Maria Burnett
  • Sp 4 (T) James David Ellis, U.S. Army
  • Sp4 Ronnie Joe Lundy, U.S. Army
  • Sp4 Stephen Sebastian Cunningham, U.S. Army
  • Private First Class James Michael Farrar, U.S. Army
  • Seaman Apprentice Robery Lee Baker, Jr. U.S. Navy

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