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Veteran’s funeral causes outcry online

Published 4:02 pm, Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The funeral of a Vietnam War veteran in Ringgold, Georgia caused a social media outcry. 

According to a Thursday Facebook post by Ella Moss, George Taylor was not presented in a casket at his funeral. Instead, he was on a gurney and wrapped in an American flag. 

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“Here is a SOLDIER that was laid out for viewing,” Moss wrote. “Mr. Taylor was a 2 term Vietnam Vet.”

Here is A SOLDIER that was laid out for a Viewing. Mr Taylor was a 2 Term Vietnam Vet. There was some issues about his…

Posted by Ella Moss on Thursday, May 11, 2017

Moss said there were some issues with Taylor’s insurance and the day of his viewing, “they learned that he wouldn’t be in a casket.” Instead, Moss said, funeral home workers offered to bring Taylor out on a table. She expressed shock that the funeral home would present a veteran on a gurney instead of in a casket. 

By Wednesday, Moss’ Facebook post was shared 4,190 times and had 3,000 reactions. 

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 Funeral home workers said they were following the requests of the family, according to NewsChannel9

“We were trying to honor the request and let them have some closure by viewing their loved one,” funeral home worker David Cummings told NewsChannel9. 

Taylor’s son James Taylor told the news station that the family was at first OK with the funeral arrangements but later though it was disrespectful, prompting the outcry. 

The news station reports the funeral home and the family came to an agreement to place Taylor in a coffin in time for his service and burial. Taylor was buried at the Chattanooga National Cemetery. 

NewsChannel9 and Moss did not disclose her relationship to Taylor. 

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