This cemetery worker went above and beyond to ensure that this American hero’s wish was granted. Two heroes in one story!
Arlington National Cemetery is an emotional place to visit, but it was an extra special visit for one veteran who was visiting Washington, DC from North Carolina.
George Boone is a 96-year-old World War II veteran who flew B-24 bombers over Europe. He was shot down over Romania in 1943 and became a prisoner of war.
Boone will one day be buried at Arlington, but Alma, his wife of 56 years, preceded him and was buried there upon her death in 2007.
Visitors usually take the time to visit the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, but Boone wanted to visit his wife’s grave for what could be the very last time.
The only problem is that for the wheelchair-bound Boone, his wife’s grave was quite the distance across the cemetery, which made the trek impossible for the 96-year-old man.
“I just sort of gave up on the whole thing and thought I would have to visit her from a distance,” said Boone.
Luckily for Boone, a cemetery worker and volunteer came to his aid. The worker, who wishes to remain anonymous, carried Boone on his back the whole distance so Boone could visit his wife one last time.
“I thought, ‘Carry me at my age, size, and weight?’” said Boone. But carry him, he did.
His son, Jon Boone, was able to document the emotional reunion of Boone and his beloved wife.
Boone says that it all would not have been possible without the selfless actions of the cemetery worker.
“I would like him to know how greatly I appreciate what he did. His kindness was overwhelming.”