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Volunteers attend funeral for WWII veteran

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ZACHARY, LA (WAFB) -

World War Two Veteran Edgar White had no family at his funeral on Thursday afternoon in Zachary.

In fact, the only person who knew him well was Cindy Taylor.

Taylor met White when she was volunteering at a shelter in Denham Springs shortly after Hurricane Katrina. White's home in New Orleans had completely flooded.

"Well I was just like everybody else was, trying to help out in a shelter. And it just kind of evolved into, you know, I just couldn't let him go with nobody there for him," says Taylor

Taylor and White developed a friendship, and she was heartbroken when White passed away on May 23.

She then realized her and her family might be the only people to attend his funeral.

White's wife passed away shortly after Hurricane Katrina and he had no children.

But on Thursday, he wasn’t alone.

A group of veterans showed up at White's funeral to honor his service. None of them even knew White but after being notified about his situation, they came out to support him.

"Veterans, particularly veterans who have combat experience are well aware of the need to support one another,” said Ken Best, a Vietnam Veteran. “And
in this last final act, of this gentleman, we thought it was appropriate that we come and show our respects."

The veterans, along with volunteers from the Blue Star Mothers of America, showed up to honor White's life and service.

Vietnam vet Phil Collins says he loves seeing this kind of support.

"Makes me feel very proud to be an American, to be a veteran. It also makes me proud on a day-to-day basis, nowadays, the way the public respects our veterans and shows their appreciation."

White, who lived to be 93 years old, will have a tombstone at the Louisiana National Cemetery in Zachary.

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