Nightly News   |  November 11, 2013

Hundreds attend 99-year-old UK veteran’s funeral

A veteran of the RAF during World War II, Harold Jellicoe Percival’s funeral was attended by hundreds of Britons even though they never knew him. An ad in a local paper encouraged attendees, because he had no living family members. NBC’s Brian Williams reports.

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>>> a lovely story on this veterans day . it was a tiny obituary in a local paper in the uk called the black pool gazette. it announced the death of hayward percival, a veteran of the raf during world war ii . it said he was a single man and had no close family to attend his funeral. hundreds of people showed up in the rain today. veterans, children in uniform, a military color guard gathering in front of the t casket draped in the union jack honoring a man who fought for his country and for winston churchill , a man whose service was never forgotten.