Strangers gather at funeral to honor Korean War veteran

DENVER, CO (KUSA/NBC News) Dozens of strangers turned out to honor a Korean War veteran as he was laid to rest at Colorado’s Logan National Cemetery Wednesday.

Shae Duffy only spent a few years as Elmer McLane’s caregiver, but says he was her best friend.

“He was a Korean War vet and he really doesn’t have much family here,” she says. “I’m kind of the only person who knows him.”

That’s why she posted an open invitation to his funeral on a Facebook page for military members.

“The page, I posted on it around 2 o’clock yesterday, and over the day there were like 500 shares and 300 likes,” she says.

Melissa Alkhaiberi was among those who answered the call.

“I saw that it was near Denver, and I work in Denver, so I thought if I could go if I can get some time off and show my respects,” Alkaiberi says. “That man took it upon himself to serve our country. the least we can do is show him respect.”

Elmer McLane was certainly not forgotten.

“If it wasn’t for the Facebook page and response it would be me and my boyfriend attending the funeral,” Duffy says. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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