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Nursing home to say goodbye for the veteran goes viral

Video of a South Carolina nursing home in honor of a veteran after his death has gone viral.

(Laura Dorn)

Video of a veteran’s flag-draped stretcher out of a South Carolina nursing home after his death last week has gone viral.

The Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing home in Anderson to pay tribute to the air force vet Douglas Timmons, after he died Wednesday after a long battle against Alzheimer’s disease. He was 81.

“Even at 5 am this morning with the few people that were still there…they still honored him on his way out,” Timmons’ daughter Laura Dorn said in a Facebook post. She told Fox News Monday, her father lived in Kershaw, S. C., when he enlisted in the air force after the Korean War, at the age of 17.

As of midday Monday, the Facebook post has been viewed more than 5.8 million times and shared more than 136,000 times.

At a certain point in the video, the two facilitators to guide the stretcher down the nursing home corridor to be seen to come to a stop and stand at attention as a recording of a bugler playing Taps is heard.

Fox Carolina cited Dorn said the nursing home has a tradition to honor the fallen heroes with a procession through the corridors after they pass.

“They were good enough to come through the front door, so we want them to leave through the front door,” nursing home director Russell Evatt said.

Dorn said that she recorded the video for her sisters to watch because they could not be present, and then posted on Facebook.

She said that she has received messages from people all over the world, that their compassion and gratitude for her father’s service, the station reported.

Timmons’ survivors are 15 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

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