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Vets pay tribute to homeless hero

NORMAN, Okla. – Veterans from all over the state gathered in Norman on Friday to honor a man whom none of them had ever met.

Charles Wren, 64, died in October. He was homeless and a veteran of the United States Army.

Though no family members attended his funeral, the pews at Primrose Funeral Home were full of veterans.

“I think we share a common bond, we all, whether we served in peace time or war time, we all made that effort,” Ron Gimondo said.

Gimondo drove over 70 miles to attended the funeral.

Dignity Memorial provided services for Wren free of charge.

“It’s very sad that our veterans are perhaps falling on hard times and definitely that’s why we’re grateful to step in and be able to provide a service such as this,” Dignity spokesperson Jeremy Sparks said.

Sparks said Dignity provides about four funerals every month for homeless veterans nationwide.

“When someone asks you what you’ve done for your country, the veteran is one of the few people who can look you square in the eye and tell you what they did for their country,” Gimondo said. “And I think when people have sacrificed it’s up to us to remember them and honor them.”

Wren was buried in the National Cemetery at Fort Sill after his funeral.