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Homeless Veteran Tom Cole To Get Full Military Burial

5:39 PM, Sep 20, 2013   |    comments
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Greensboro, NC -- Earlier this week a homeless man was found dead in a wooded area not far from a cemetery on South Elm Street in Greensboro.

The body was later identified as Tom Cole. WFMY News 2 learned from viewers that Cole was a veteran who took care of Union Cemetery, the cemetery close to where his body was found.

After WFMY aired a story about Cole, some kind-hearted people in the Triad rallied to give Cole a full and proper military burial.

Tom Cole was a homeless Vietnam War veteran an until his death, he took it upon himself to be the unofficial caretaker of a Union Cemetery in Greensboro for eight years.

He even got the city to put up a flagpole at the cemetery, to honor the fallen soldiers buried there.
 

People whose lives he touched want a proper burial for him. Several donated everything from a coffin to burial plots.

Even the Patriot Guards have offered to honor him. A memorial service is planned for Tuesday at 1p.m. at Grace Community Church at 643 West Lee Street in Greensboro.

Cole's burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Forest Lawn Dr. off Pisgah Church Road, Greensboro.

 

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