A homeless veteran was given a funeral with full military honors Friday morning.
Jerry Bryan Billings didn't have any family or friends to plan his service. That's where his fellow veterans stepped in.
"We want to honor their service," Todd Tramel with Dignity Memorial said.
Hundreds of strangers came together at the Bill Eisenhour Funeral Home in Del City to honor the life of a man they never met.
"We want to make sure as veterans, we serve them, and provide that last honor for them. We are their brothers and sisters," said Tramel, an Air Force veteran and Chairman of the Homeless Veterans Organization.
Jerry Bryan Billings served in the U.S. Navy. His military family took the place of the family he never had.
The U.S. Marine Corps, American Legion Post 353, VFW Post 9969, Catholic War Veterans Post 168, VFW Post 1857, the Patriot Guard Riders, Rolling Thunder and Youth Trumpet and Taps Corps all played a role in the service.
"We want to make sure that we provide a dignified service for them and lay them to rest peacefully," Tramel said.
Since no family members were there, the Patriot Guard Riders accepted the flag. "Nobody should go out alone, and nobody should not have their life celebrated," Tramel said.
The service was part of Dignity Memorial's Homeless Veterans Burial Program, which partners with local agencies to give homeless veterans the funeral they deserve.
"This gives us the opportunity to celebrate their lives together with their brothers and sisters that have served in the military," Tramel said.
Billings will be buried at Fort Sill National Cemetery on Monday. The Homeless Veterans Burial Program has given free burials to more than 1,500 veterans statewide.