WASHINGTON D.C. – Two hundred strangers gathered to say goodbye to a formerly homeless veteran in Washington D.C.
According to a post on the Ms Veteran America Facebook page, Serina Vine 91-year-old WWII veteran who served in the Navy from 1944 to 1946.
She lived at a D.C. VA hospital for 20 years and was homeless before moving to Virginia.
She never married and never had kids. She died earlier this month, and only three people were scheduled to attend the funeral.
“That didn’t sit right with me,” Army Maj. Jaspen Booth told ABC News. She also used to be homeless.
Booth posted the message to Facebook, hoping local veterans would turn out for the funeral.
She said when she arrived at the ceremony, she couldn’t believe how many turned up to show their support. About 200 people attended.
“Now she has 200 known family and friends in the area,” said Booth.
She was buried with full military honors at the Quantico National Cemetery.