MISSION, Texas – Hundreds gathering at the Rio Grande Valley State Veteran’s Cemetery to honor an unaccompanied veteran at his burial service.
“He was from here, from McAllen, Texas and recently passed away. I believe he was at the hospice during the time.” said George Rice, on-site representative for the Rio Grande Valley State Veteran’s Cemetery.
Seaman Apprentice George Washington Dorset was laid to rest with honor and dignity. The local community, along with other veterans, offering their respects.
“They are alone in this world and it kind of shows the value of what they have done for their country,” said Rice. “It kind of shows our value as a community when we come and give them the final respects that they’ve earned and they deserve.”
Rice says Dorset is the first unaccompanied veteran to be buried this year. “A lot of different feelings all at once. Feeling sorrow, morn, and honor all at the same time, it’s almost overwhelming.”
Dorset’s cause of death was not released to the media due to respect. He was 84-years-old and proudly served in the U.S. Navy from June 1955 to October 1957. Dorset also served in the Vietnam War.
Silvester Trevino, Veteran Community member, “They gave their life for our freedom. It’s important that we realize that without our brave military, our soldiers, male and female both, we wouldn’t have the freedom that we do have.”
As an unaccompanied veteran, Dorset had no family or friends willing to represent him in his passing. A member of the veteran community will be holding onto the flag for 60 days in case a family member wants to claim it.
George Washington Dorset would have been celebrating his 85th birthday on Feb. 22.