FORT LOGAN NATIONAL CEMETERY — They buried a sailor Monday. His name was Charles William Bean, but most of the homeless people who knew him called him Billy. Maybe his family would have called him that, too — if he'd had any family.
This is a very good piece from the Rocky Mountain News (story HERE ) about a sailor that passed this weekend with no family. A Vietnam veteran, homeless, and they could not locate any family whatsoever. A sad but moving piece.
UPDATE: The Denver Post also has this as their lead story today; interesting that BOTH of them are running it this way. It, too, is a very well-crafted piece (HERE). It caps off with a great closing-
The TV and newspaper cameras were capped and packed. Bean's unremarked life had been transformed into a well-documented passing. In the end, someone noticed.
Bless the honor guard that volunteered and the chaplains that did the services.