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High School Athletes Honor Vet Who Had No Family During His Funeral



  • A veteran, Ralph Lambert, died without any family, friend or loved one at his side.
  • When baseball coach Jordan Marks that there would be no service for Ralph, he rallied his players to give honor to the man.
  • And so, the late United States Air Force Veteran Ralph Lambert’s casket was carried by the players and given full military honors when he was buried.

The late Ralph Lambert was a United States Air Force veteran who served from 1950 to 1971.  When he died in February this year, he did not have family or loved ones to send him away on his last journey.  There was no tribute to his life of service to the country.

Menard High School baseball coach Jordan Marks, was sad when he learned this.  And he swore that no veteran should be cremated without service or honors.  And so, he asked six senior players on his team to be pallbearers of the veteran.

Jordan explained, “I try to teach them the game of baseball but also the game of life, and anytime we can serve a community member or especially somebody that served for our country, we are more than happy to do it.”

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Even without them meeting while he was still alive and did not even know him, the players did not hesitate to say yes. Ashton Veade, Cameron Kinder, Jacob Giordano, Jackson Ford, Ashton Brodnax, and Hunter Foster carried Ralph’s casket in their baseball uniforms in a special ceremony.

Jacob said, “It was an honor for us, seniors, to be able to go out there, especially with somebody with no family and friends.”

And while Cameron felt sorry that Ralph had no loved ones around, he was glad they were given the opportunity to be there for Ralph. 

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The young ones witnessed how Ralph was given full military honors at the Central Louisiana Veterans Cemetery when he was buried.

They may not have met and got to be friends in life, but in death, Ralph was sent off by those who cared.

Source: Inspire More