Massive crowd attends funeral for Air Force veteran with no family
© Texas General Land Office

Thousands of people attended the funeral Monday of an Air Force veteran after initial fears that no one would attend his funeral because he had no living family members.

The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, Texas, called on the public last week to attend Air Force veteran Joseph Walker’s Monday funeral, according to local ABC-affiliate KVUE.

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The cemetery said they did not know of any living family of Walker’s and did not want him to be laid to rest alone.

“We have the distinct honor to provide a full military burial for unaccompanied United States Air Force Veteran Joseph Walker,” the cemetery said in a post on Facebook. "We do not leave veterans behind.”

The request was met by the thousands who attended the 10 a.m. service, with one photo posted on Twitter showing a lengthy procession of cars arriving.

Local CBS-affiliate KWTX reports that while funeral services at that cemetery are not uncommon, they typically only have a few people in attendance.

Local biker group Wind Therapy Freedom Riders organized to attend the funeral service together. 

Walker served in the Air Force from 1964 to 1968.

The funeral service was posted on Facebook by the Texas General Land Office.