Valiant 9 Yr-Old Waits 30 Mins, Barefoot In Pouring Rain To Salute WWII Veteran’s Funeral Procession…

Valiant 9 Yr-Old Waits 30 Mins, Barefoot In Pouring Rain To Salute WWII Veteran’s Funeral Procession…

Jerry O’Keefe was a larger than life hero, just as my father, Samuel W. Monroe was. Jerry enlisted a few weeks after Pearl Harbor and was one of the youngest flying aces in WWII. He went on to hold office for two terms as a conservative Democrat… despite being a John F. Kennedy Democrat in 1960’s Mississippi. In 1973, he was elected mayor.

He stood against the KKK and had them thrown in jail. The KKK called the O’Keefe home in the middle of the night to say that they were coming to kill Jerry. His response? “I will be here ready and waiting.” That’s a man of principle and character and he was certainly larger than life. His family mourns his passing. They held a high mass for him and had planes fly overhead to honor him. He was laid to rest after being brought to his final resting place in his casket on a horse-drawn carriage. But what blew them away was the simple act of a child.

Image Credit: Joe O'Keefe

Image Credit: Joe O’Keefe

From the Independent Review Journal:

Joe O’Keefe says his father, Jerry, was a “larger than life figure.”

Jerry enlisted as a Marine fighter pilot a few months after Pearl Harbor, and traveled across the Pacific to the Okinawa theater. During his first experience with hostile fighting, he shot down five planes in one day, becoming one of the youngest fighter aces in WWII. A week later, he shot down two more.

When the war ended, Jerry returned to Mississippi, and he and his wife grew their family to fifteen.

Kaiden Wade is a 9 year-old who stood in the rain for 30 minutes with his hand over his heart as the procession went past him taking Jerry O’Keefe to his final destination. That one innocent, heartfelt act rocked the family. It spoke of character, morality and principles… the kind their father stood for.

Joe described the scene:

“We came around the corner and saw Kaiden standing there all by himself. No adults around. No friends around. In the rain with his hand over his heart. Stock-still as a measure of honor and respect for our father.”

Just that one boy in the rain doing all he could to show respect for a man that touched so many there was a thunderous testament to his life. The family says because of that boy’s honor for their father they can begin to heal. That child showed more leadership in that single act than most politicians show in a lifetime. I’m so very proud of Kaiden… he will no doubt grow up to be a very good man.

Image Credit: Joe O'Keefe

Image Credit: Joe O’Keefe

Image Credit: Joe O'Keefe

Image Credit: Joe O’Keefe

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton

Terresa Monroe-Hamilton is an editor and writer for Right Wing News. She owns and blogs at NoisyRoom.net. She is a Constitutional Conservative and NoisyRoom focuses on political and national issues of interest to the American public. Terresa is the editor at Trevor Loudon's site, New Zeal - trevorloudon.com. She also does research at KeyWiki.org. You can email Terresa here. NoisyRoom can be found on Facebook and on Twitter.

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