Unaccompanied veteran's burial

A line of cars crowds one of the roads at the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery following an unaccompanied veteran's burial Monday morning.

An unaccompanied burial for Air Force veteran Joseph Walker drew a large crowd to the Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery this morning, causing officials to delay the start of the ceremony by more than 20 minutes.

A crowd estimated at nearly 2,000 people clogged the roads to the cemetery, causing a traffic backup along State Highway 195.

Cemetery officials had offered the possibility last week that no one would be in attendance for the burial. The Veterans Land Board, which runs the cemetery, works with the local community and fellow veterans support groups to ensure that no veteran is left behind after they pass away.  

See more on this story in Tuesday's Killeen Daily Herald.

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