Published On: Sun, Jun 12th, 2016

Turnout proof people do care

There are too many times we read the news and are embarrassed by the actions of some of our fellow Americans. But then, if we pay attention, there are pretty regularly things in the news about our fellow Americans that should make us pretty darned proud.

Consider reports by a number of news outlets in recent days about the funeral last Sunday for Serina Vine who died June 4 at the age of 91. She wasn’t famous. She wasn’t a pop singer or an actress or someone most of us would ever have a reason to know.

Her death made news around the country after it was reported how some 200 people showed up at her funeral to show their respect after learning she had no known relatives to attend her funeral, and only four people were expected to attend. was among a number of media outlets to report about the turnout for Ms. Vine, a veteran of the U.S. Navy who served between 1944 and 1946 reportedly working in radio intelligence. She had been homeless for a while. She lived the last 20 years of her life at a Department of Veterans Affairs Community Living Center in Washington.

Some fellow veterans heard about Ms. Vine’s death, how she had no family and how less than a handful were expected at her funeral. They spread the word to encourage a show of support for Ms. Vines.

I said to myself: unacceptable,” said a retired Marine who was part of the effort to honor Ms. Vines. “We serve together, so therefore we should not die alone.”

It was reported that 200 people ended up turning out for Ms. Vine’s funeral last Sunday. She was laid to rest with full military honors at the Quantico National Cemetery.

 “We might not know much about sister Vine, but what we do know is she should be remembered as one who had a character to serve and that she contributed to the life that we enjoy today in this nation,” said the minister who officiated at the funeral.

 There are plenty of knuckleheads in the news because of something bad they’ve done or something goofy.

Isn’t it nice to see a report on something like this, where 200 people show up at a funeral to support someone they don’t even know because she was a veteran, and because she was alone?

Good for those people who took the time and made the effort to support a fellow American. Good for the news outlets that shared this story, reminding us that there are still plenty of decent people in our country doing good things.

Let’s hope we continue to see examples of Americans who step forward to do the right thing for the right reason. God knows we see more than enough about the things the knuckleheads do.


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