VIA| On Veterans Day, Justus Belfield wore his uniform one more time even though he was too fragile to move out of bed.
Justus died the next day. The Daily Gazzette reported that Justus had worn his uniform every Veterans Day since he and his wife moved into Baptist Health Nursing.
Last Veterans Day, master sergeant wasn’t able to move out of bed as usual so he asked to be dressed in bed once more. A photographer was there to capture his last salute.
“It was a good thing to do,” Belfield said in the interview on Veterans Day last year. “I loved it because it was my country. It’s still my country.”
Activities director, Barbara Bradt, said Belfield had “such a spark for life.”
“He taught me no matter how old you are, you keep going, you put a smile on your face and you just appreciate every day because that’s what he did.” She said.
He was buried Friday with military honors at Gerald B.H. Solomon Saratoga National Cemetery.
Thanks for your service. We salute you!