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Ashes of Vietnam War veteran escorted through South City streets to Jefferson Barracks

Posted August 9

— Dozens of motorcycles took to the streets of south St. Louis Tuesday to the escort the ashes of a Vietnam War veteran who was homeless at one point.

Calvin Whitaker and his wife own Michel Funeral Home, they decided to provide their services free of charge to honor John Beard, when they heard there was a fundraiser to help pay for Beard's funeral.

Beard served in Vietnam and suffered from troubles over the years. His family said he was homeless for a couple of years and had problems in his marriage. However, his wife Betty brought her husband home, where he passed away from cancer near the end of July.

"I really don't have words for what today is, it's phenomenal to think all these people came out to honor him and it really shows the brotherhood the service does. I'm speechless," Betty Beard said.

Some people stood with their hands on their hearts as the funeral procession made its way through South City and onto Jefferson Barracks National Cemetery.

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