Vietnam Vet Would Have Been Laid To Rest Alone - But His Military “Family” Wouldn't Allow It

 August 13, 2023

After learning that he was going to be buried without family present, American Legion Riders gathered around one Massachusetts Navy veteran, U.S. Navy Seaman Anthony L. Meizis, of Weymouth, Mass., who died at age 80 in a nursing home. Meiz was never married nor had fathered any children. His only surviving next-of-kin had health complications and could not attend his funeral.

When McDonald Keohane Funeral Home Director, Cara Johnson, sent a Facebook message to the Massachusetts Department of the American Legion Riders, advising them that Meizis was going to be buried alone, the Legion sprang into action. Reportedly, the response was immediate.

With over 16,000 likes and 2,100 shares - three hundred motorcycle riders emerged to escort U.S. Navy Seaman Meizis, to his final resting place, at Bourne National Cemetery in Massachusetts on Aug 11, 2023.

Vice-Commander Andrew Pajak, reportedly told Fox News -

"No veteran should ever be left to go alone,"…"It isn't about any one of us. It's about what we could do for him" adding…"I've never met the man. I don't know the man, but he's my brother… I could not care less when he served. I served in the Gulf. He served in Vietnam. He's still my family."…"The state police and the local police shut down the rotary to allow this procession to come across. It literally took 4 minutes for all the vehicles to come across."

- American Legion Riders, Vice-Commander Andrew Pajak

Steve Xiarhos, Massachusetts State Representative, himself a Gold Star father, told the outlet, after livestreaming Meizis' funeral procession that-

"I was honored to help organize and join hundreds of others in bringing our fallen Veteran home to rest."…"We will always do the best we can to take care of all our Veterans in Massachusetts and live worthy of their service and sacrifices."

-Steve Xiarhos, State Representative, Massachusetts

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