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More than 100 people gathered at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Radcliff to celebrate the life of 71-year-old Norman Hall. The U.S. Army veteran was murdered in his home in September.
RADCLIFF, Ky. (WDRB) -- More than 100 people gathered at the Kentucky Veterans Cemetery in Radcliff on Wednesday to celebrate the life of 71-year-old Norman Hall. The U.S. Army veteran was murdered in his home in September.
Radcliff Police detectives and Hardin County Coroner's Office deputies had a hard time finding any immediate family members. Word spread that Hall was a veteran, and people started calling to offer help. Shana Norton, with the coroner's office, said people were offering to buy flowers, help plan the funeral and make calls to find family.
Eventually, three of Hall's cousins were located. Donations from the coroner, police, prosecutor, the cemetery and a funeral home made the funeral possible.
Most of the people who gathered on Wednesday morning to honor Hall never met him. But everyone felt a connection to the veteran.
"I never met the man," said the State Sergeant of Arms for the Vietnam Vets Legacy Vest Motorcycle Club with the state of Kentucky, who only wanted to be identified by his last name, Neithbor. "I don't know the man from Adam. But I have a connection to him -- a warrior connection."
"To know that the family and the community have come together, who have never even known Mister Hall, it feels good," Norton said.
Hall had earned a long list of honors and medals in his 22 years serving the nation. When veteran Clinton Meshew learned about Hall's service, he wrote a letter and had it printed in the paper to encourage everyone to come honor Hall at the ceremony.
"I asked everyone to please go into their garages, dust off these old hats, put them on and show up here," Meshew said. "And give him a proper burial, because he's one of our brothers."
Hall's cousins were presented with an American flag during the ceremony before a gun salute. Taps was also played. Hall was the 4,765th veteran buried at the cemetery.
"When you see a vet, thank him," Neithbor said. "Because your freedom isn't free."
Two people have been charged with Hall's murder.
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