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Organization pushes for record crowd at homeless Oldham County veteran's funeral

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The online obituary for Horatio “Bud” Olive is bare—containing only his name and the date of his birth, death, and funeral.

According to the Marion County Veterans Honor Guard, Olive was a 79-year-old US Navy veteran from Oldham County. He was homeless and died earlier this month with no family or friends by his side.

“We’re all brothers and sisters within the services and we’re part of the same team,” said Michael Andrews with the Honor Guard.

The heartbreaking situation led the Honor Guard to post a plea to public all over Facebook. Their members asked for people to attend Olive’s funeral service at 11 a.m. Friday at Lebanon National Cemetery in Marion County.

Hayden Johnson, a ride captain with the Kentucky Patriot Guard Riders did the same.

“It’s sad that this gentleman had to leave this world with no family and no friends,” said Johnson. “Any veteran should not have to go to their final resting place without somebody being there.”

“He is going to have a lot of people here to assist with the burial and to give him a thumbs up and a nice goodbye,” said Andrews.

A crowd is expected to gather around 10:30 a.m. Friday at Spalding Avenue and Main Street in Lebanon as a procession leads Olive’s body from Oldham County to Marion County.

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