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Dozens of community members gathered at Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery in Killeen, TX to honor a fallen Veteran when they discovered his surviving family members were unable to attend.
Daryl Richard Gibbs passed away at just 78 years old. He proudly served his country from 1958-1960 in the U.S. Army.
Marc George, a member of the local chapter of the Christian Motorcycle Association, delivered the sermon for Gibbs while members of the Central Texas Patriot Guard Riders served as pallbearers. George had this to say about the funeral:
“His family couldn’t be here so we stepped in as his family because that’s the right thing to do, It’s amazing to see the love and support from the community to fill in the missing pieces.”
Normally, a flag is offered to the surviving family members of the deceased veteran. Jean Shine, the civilian aide to the secretary of the Army and president of the Friends of the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, accepted the flag on behalf of the Gibbs family.
Gibbs’ brother, who lives in Florida and couldn’t attend the Texas funeral, offered this thanks to everyone that showed up to honor his brother.