The photo of an American patriot and warrior laying dead on top of a hospital gurney for public viewing in a funeral home should outrage every American whether they’ve worn the uniform or not.

Vietnam War hero and veteran George Taylor recently passed away in Georgia. However rather than displaying Mr. Taylor’s body within a respectful venue and within a traditional coffin, the 71-year old body was simply placed on a hospital table draped in an American flag.

The apparent mix-up was because Mr. Taylor’s life insurance didn’t reach the funeral home quick enough, and the $9,000 payment due for the coffin had not yet arrived and was obviously late. However, rather than show empathy which should be a core principle of any funeral establishment, those not so understanding folks over at the Heritage Funeral Home in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia, decided to simply wheel out the body in the room full of mourners on a gurney.

Taylor was decorated for serving in the Vietnam War

Moreover Taylor's son, James was given little warning prior to the visitation of the problem when he saw his dad laid on a table with an American flag draped over him.


Although the Funeral Home had contacted James prior to the scheduled funeral and he agreed to a payment arrangement, he did not expect to see the body of his dad laid out in this crude manner.

Adding: “They came to me and told me that unless the $9,000 were paid, they couldn't put him into the ground at the military thing, he would have to sit in the freezer until we paid it or the insurance come through.”

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

He continued: 'We serve this community. We love the community. We serve this community in everything we do.”

The photo of George Taylor lying dead on top of a hospital gurney has been shared on Facebook more than 1,800 times, with family members also sharing photos of a young Taylor serving his country in Vietnam.

On Friday Taylor's body was finally placed in a casket for a service, after the funeral home and the family came to an agreement.

The apparent mix-up involved the insurance company unable to “cut a check” without the death certification, which arrived late.

Do you think this war veteran and his family deserved a more respectful funeral than this?

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