Woman Notices 9-Year-Old Boy Standing In The Rain For Over 30 Minutes - Realizes What He’s Up To

When veteran and former politician Jerry O’Keefe died at age 93 this summer, his grieving family tried to give him a funeral fitting of his life. O'Keefe's casket was placed in a glass horse-drawn carriage, and there was a 30-minute-long procession. During that time, the family found great comfort and inspiration in a young boy they didn't even know.

During the long procession, the O'Keefe family noticed a young boy standing in the rain on the side of the road. The boy stood with his hand over his heart, giving O'Keefe the respect and honor he deserved. The little boy didn't even know anyone in the family personally, but his simple and spontaneous reaction to seeing the procession touched the hearts of all the mourners.

“It was very touching to see him there,” said O'Keefe's widow, Martha. “It was so touching to see that young man show such respect for Jerry.”

“His face was one of the most moving, inspiring and healing images of the day,” said Joe, one of Mr. O'Keefe's sons. “Young man, you blessed us all.”

The little boy was identified as Kaiden Wade, age 9. His mother, Amy, said she wasn't surprised - Kaiden, an altar boy, believed O'Keefe deserved the respect when he heard the funeral would be passing through the neighborhood. Kaiden's grandfather, who died a year earlier, was also World War II fighter pilot, so the young man did what he thought was right.

“This young fellow was the symbolism for the youth and vitality that was so present in my Dad,” said O'Keefe's daughter. “You can't put your finger on what it meant. He was all by himself and he was barefoot, just standing alone in the rain.”

Source: Sun Herald
Photo: Sun Herald

Boy stands in the rain to show his respect for a funeral procession.

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