Community Bands Together To Honor This Veteran’s Dying Wish
James “Jim” O’Connor has served this country in a total of three wars. He has raised two children and four grandchildren. He has lived in the same Antioch house for decades, he’s been a true example of an American for the nation to see.
His neighbors did something really special for him in the final days of his life.
First came a standing ovation and then the national anthem. Hundreds of people from his community lined the streets to salute O’Connor, 91, whose health has been rattled. His only request in his final days was to hear the bagpipes one last time.
“In 24 hours, this is what Facebook is capable of. This is what social media can do for the good,” said Mary O’Connor, his daughter.
The Northern Illinois Bagpipes played for the veteran for 30 minutes.
“He comes for a generation who thought about others. We need more Americans like him,” one neighbor said.
The mayor declared it Jim O’Connor Day in the city of Antioch. It’s hard to believe that this was all orchestrated in under 24 hours!