A US veteran died at a nursing home, abandoned. Hundreds of strangers came to say goodbye

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — Former U.S. Marine Gerry Brooks has died alone in an abandoned and nearly forgotten Maine nursing home. The funeral home then posted an ad asking if anyone would serve as a pallbearer or simply attend his funeral. Within minutes, he was refusing volunteers to carry his coffin. A bagpiper came to play at the service. A pilot offered to fly over. Military groups across the state promised a fitting send-off.

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