Gone but not forgotten: Unclaimed veteran given hero’s burial

Ronnie Toler Unclaimed veteran
Photo: WKRN

DICKSON, Tenn. (WKRN) – Dozens of people showed their support to honor an unclaimed veteran who was laid to rest Monday.

Two motorcycle groups were among the many kind citizens who made sure Ronnie Toler got a proper hero’s burial at the Middle Tennessee Veteran’s Cemetery.

PHOTOS: Unclaimed veteran given proper burial

Ronnie Toler Unclaimed veteran
Photo: WKRN

Ronnie Toler died alone at the age of 66 on Aug. 25.

The Dickson Funeral Home and Cremation Center covered the funeral and burial costs and helped spread the word.

That’s when the motorcycle groups and citizens got wind of Toler’s passing and decided to make sure he was laid to rest in honor.

“As a fellow veteran, we don’t leave no one behind,” one veteran told News 2. “No man should go to his grave alone.”

Another veteran, with tears in his eyes, said “it killed him” to hear Toler had no family.

“I wanted to be there and I’m so glad that all these people decided to come out and see him also,” he added.

During the emotional ceremony, a white dove was released in Toler’s honor as the crowd sang “Amazing Grace.”

Watch the video above to see more of the service and hear what veterans had to say.

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