Social Media Plea For People to Attend Vietnam Vet's Funeral

The death of a Vietnam veteran with very little known living relations is making its rounds on social media. The viral post is a simple picture of 73 year old Stanley Stoltz's obituary, which reads:

"Public invited to cemetery to honor Vietnam veteran with no known family. Internment at Omaha National Cemetery on Tuesday, Nov. 27, at 2pm."

The funeral director at Good Shepherd, the funeral home handling the arrangements, says that some family have been located since the picture starting popping up on social media sites. 

Thousands have shared the picture via Twitter, Facebook and other platforms, with hundreds saying they would be attending to honor Stoltz. The post even gained national attention with CNN's Jake Tapper retweeting the obituary over the weekend.

Cindy Van Bibber with the Omaha National Cemetery says that it is heartwarming to see that so many in the Omaha community want to honor this veteran. "Even if they're not military, they want to come here and show their respect and honor this veteran. So, it just makes you proud that, number one as a veteran, but number two as a Nebraskan, that we have people that would want to come out and honor this veteran."

Van Bibber says those wanting to pay their respects will need to be at the cemetery's administration office 20 minutes prior to the services, so attendees will need to meet by 1:40 Tuesday afternoon. All of those in attendance will then be brought to the service sight in one caravan. 

The Omaha National Cemetery is located at 14250 Schram Road, Omaha, NE 68138.



Content Goes Here