All who have served honorably in our military deserve respect, including at their burial. Hundreds of people embraced that principle Tuesday in attending the burial of Vietnam veteran Stanley C. Stoltz at Omaha National Cemetery.
Stoltz, 73, grew up on a farm in Curlew, Iowa, and lived in recent decades in Bennington.
“Stan was the kind of guy that could jump on any piece of equipment and run it,” former Bennington Mayor Bill Bohn said. That sounds like so many men from our part of our country over the generations. Men who, when the nation called, answered by serving, sometimes facing horrendous battlefield danger.
Good Shepherd Funeral Home director Mike Hoy was initially told that Stoltz had no living family, and when the funeral notice asked that people turn out to show Stoltz respect, the item went viral. Some family members attended, as did hundreds of strangers.
“We come together for something like this,” said Dennis Schissel, president of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America. “He was one of us at this time.”
The show of respect on Tuesday amid the November chill provided a fitting salute. And an inspiring message to the nation.