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    Vehicles lined Hillside Cemetery last Wednesday, April 1 in Cuero, as respects were paid to Perry Jackson, a U.S. Navy veteran, who recently passed away. Photo by Robert Proctor/The Cuero Record

A unique ceremony

By Robert Proctor

The Cuero Record

Extraordinary times call for extraordinary circumstances. Perry Jackson, a U.S. Navy veteran from Cuero, passed away on March 26. Due to health concerns brought on by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19), a memorial service to celebrate his life had to be postponed.

With Jackson’s interment scheduled for April 1 at Hillside Cemetery, some of his family, friends and military supporters gathered to give thanks. With social distancing now the new normal, people lined the streets of the cemetery in their vehicles with American flags.

“We could show our support by just being a lane over, so they could see us here,” Elaine Foster said, who grew up with Perry’s children: Dr. Allen Jackson, Linda Boyer and Janet Goodson. “Sandy [Bomba] came up with the idea, because they wanted a military funeral for Mr. Jackson, and they couldn’t have it.”

Not only was a military funeral out of the question due to COVID-19, but many family members were unable to attend, including Dr. Jackson, whose hospital in Arkansas is on lockdown.

“We all went to school together,” Bomba said of herself and Perry’s children. “Allen couldn’t be here because he’s working in a hospital. He’s in lockdown in Arkansas because of the coronavirus. We decided since he can’t go to the funeral, we can go to support him. That’s what we all decided to do.”

In a matter of 24 hours, Bomba, Foster and Kathy Dunn were able to help spread the word about having people at Perry’s interment.

“To me, it shows you one or two people can make a difference,” Bomba said.

“We don’t have to be together in a group,” Foster added. “We don’t have to be down around anybody. We can still keep our distance.”

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