“My family saw the man in this picture pulled over on the side of the road yesterday while my Daddy’s funeral procession was being led by the United States Marine Corps. As we walked by, he was paying tribute to my dad and the rest of our family by holding his hat in one hand and his other hand over his heart.
His respectful act moved not only my family but also everyone else in the procession to tears. Along the way, we were followed by a large number of other cars whose occupants were simply going about their day.
Because his license plate was visible in the picture, my daughter did some research, and we were able to locate him!!!
Ernest Boerlin is his name, and he served in the United States Navy during his time in the military.
When I thanked him in a private message for honoring my father, he responded with the following:
“It was a privilege to show my respect for a fellow serviceman and his family,” the speaker said. I would ask that you and your family please accept my prayers and condolences during this difficult time. Wishing you calm seas and favorable winds. Blessings from God”
I am grateful to you, Ernest. Your thoughtfulness and respect for our family and friends has left a lasting impression on all of us, and we are grateful. I pray that God showers his blessings on you and your family.
Everyone, let’s express our gratitude to Ernest for his service and show him some love in return.”
Credit: Rona Wallace