VIA| Harold Jellicoe Percival was veteran of the Second World War who passed away at the age of 99 last year in Lytham St Annes, England.
Unfortunately, he had no friends or family to attend his funeral. However, instead of a depressing, lonely tale, this story actually goes to show that there is significant power when a community comes together.
Percival’s obituary calls out to the public, asking for people to come to his funeral so that the ceremony will not be devoid of any mourners.
The last thing anybody would want is for nobody to attend their funeral. Everybody wants to be remembered in some way, shape, or form. The obituary spread on Twitter, with many people feeling sympathetic for the veteran and offering to help garner attendees to his funeral.
In the end, the turnout was amazing. Hundreds of people arrived to honor Percival’s life as well as his service. Crowds of people withstood the elements to honor Percival, and despite the rain, more people came than one could have possibly imagined. Even military personnel were there to honor one of their own who had passed on after so many years.
Percival’s coffin was covered in the Union Jack, and he was given a proper send off.
Seeing a crowd so large appear just for him would have likely made Percival very thrilled. This story is another example of the power of community, and is likely to leave you feeling good inside, with your faith in humanity restored. Feel free to share this story with your friends!