This past weekend a World War II veteran traveled to Arlington, Virginia to visit the grave of his late wife, only to find he was unable to.
The 9y-year-old veteran was placed on an Honor Flight from North Carolina after he requested to visit his wife’s grave in Arlington.
Somewhere between getting off the airplane and leaving the airport, Boone’s wheelchair was left behind.
Upon arriving at the cemetery he realized his chair was missing and gave up hope of visiting her grave.
“I just sort of gave up on the whole thing and thought I would have to visit her from that distance,” he said.
But not a moment too soon, an Arlington National Cemetery employee stepped in to help Boone. He proposed that he would carry Boone from the vehicle to his wife’s grave.
“I thought carry me at my age, size and weight?” Boone said.
The Arlington National Cemetery employee insisted on carrying Boone to his grave, and he did just that. Boone’s son, Jon Boone, who came along on his father’s trip, documented the entire thing on video.
“He was such a caring young fellow, I felt like a toy in his arms,” Boone said of the employee.
During World War II Boone served in the airforce as a B-25 pilot. In 1943, his plane was shot down over Romania, where he became a prisoner of war.
Boone was extremely appreciative of the employee’s efforts to get him to his wife’s grave.
“I would like him to know how greatly I appreciate what he did,” he said. “His kindness was overwhelming.”
The Arlington Cemetary rests across the Potomac River from Washington, D.C. The cemetery dates all the way back to 1864 when it was established during the Civil War.