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Strangers gather in Indianapolis to honor Purple Heart recipient and ‘abandoned veteran’

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – An incredible show of support Saturday brought together hundreds of strangers to honor a man none of them knew.

Glenn Shelton, 68, died Nov. 26, and according to his obituary, his “family information is unknown.”

The Purple Heart recipient served in Vietnam.

Indiana Funeral Care organized Saturday’s gathering by spreading the word on social media.

“It’s just absolutely wonderful,” said Russell Pryor, commander for the VFW District 11. “It shows me that no matter when you served, who you served with or where you served, we’re here to support you.”

Shelton was buried at the Indiana Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Madison.

People who attended Saturday’s event received a dog tag with Shelton’s name engraved.