George Boone, a 96-year-old World War II veteran, made a surprise visit to his wife’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery on Saturday. However, he forgot one very important thing: his wheelchair.
Boone made the trip on an Honor Flight from North Carolina after he requested to visit the grave of his wife, Alma.
Disappointed, the veteran accepted that he would only see his beloved wife’s gravesite from a distance.
“I just sort of gave up on the whole thing and thought I would have to visit her from that distance,” he told FOX5.
That’s when an unlikely hero emerged.
An Arlington National Cemetery employee offered to personally carry Boone on his back so he could visit his wife. And carry him, he did.
The photo, captured by his son John Boone, was going viral on Monday. It’s easy to see why.
“He was such a caring young fellow, I felt like a toy in his arms,” Boone said of the hero employee. “I would like him to know how greatly I appreciate what he did. His kindness was overwhelming.”
In a true show of the cemetery employee’s character, he has asked to remain anonymous rather than take any glory.