CORPUS CHRISTI - Hundreds of people are expected to attend funeral services for two local unaccompanied veterans Wednesday.
Randy Shultz served in the U.S. Navy, and Howard Lyman served in the U.S. Army.
No family members have come forward for either of the two men.
Alfredo Medina of the Coastal Bend State Veteran’s Cemetery said veterans deserve the best treatment possible, even after death.
“Formerly the unaccompanied veterans typically showed up in a box of plywood. Then, my deputy director came out and said, ‘We need to do better than that, because that's a veteran,’” Medina said.
During the service, both veterans will receive full military honors, including a flag line, pallbearers, a plaque, military formation and floral arrangements.
Officials at the Coastal Bend State Veteran’s Cemetery said if a soldier has no family, they are proud to take their place.
“These veterans serve our country and there will be no veteran buried in this hallowed ground without honors,” Medina said.
Services for Randy Shultz will take place at the Coastal Bend State Veteran’s Cemetery at 11 a.m. Wednesday, February 14th.
Services for Howard Lyman will follow directly afterward at 11:15 a.m.
As always, the public is invited and encouraged to attend.
If you would like to be added to the list to receive notifications for upcoming services for unaccompanied veterans, call (361) 248-4830.
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