This is what it means to show up.
In the military community, there's nothing more important than honoring our fallen and showing up. Earlier today, at Pikes Peak National Cemetery in Colorado Springs, CO, that's exactly what happened.
Hundreds of patriots braved icy roads, freezing temperatures and falling snow to attend the funeral of United States Air Force Staff Sergeant Clyde Henry Baldwin. Baldwin, who fought in the Korean War, spent 20 years in the USAF. He was 91 years old when he died earlier this week. Baldwin is survived by one sister, 93, who lives in Kansas and was unable to attend the ceremony. In the absence of surviving family being able to attend, the town rallied to make sure this brother-in-arms was not forgotten.
"It was a wonderful service," attendee Jeremy Stump wrote on Facebook. "So good to see so many from our community, both veterans and just good patriots out to honor a fallen brother. I was honored to have been there."
"People are wrong when they say a veteran has no family," Jack Vier commented on Facebook. "All veterans are family."
In an interview with KRDO, one attendee explained, "The important thing is we remember those who serve this country. This is a good country. This is a free country. And we stand with those who protect it."