The Arkansas National Guard has paid tribute posthumously to a young boy named Oakley Nimmo, who always wanted to be in the army but died after a battle with cancer.
Five-year-old River Oakley Nimmo lost his battle to neuroblastoma on June 21. To celebrate his life, his parents decided to honor his dream of becoming an Army Man.
After his passing, his family wrote the U.S military, requesting that military members attend the funeral service of their son.
Luckily, their letter did not go unnoticed as the Arkansas National Guard members showed up in their uniforms to give their respect to the little warrior. They also assigned him the position of Honorary Colonel of the Joint Force Headquarters, situated at Camp Joseph T. Robinson.
The certificate presented had the signatures of the Adjutant General of the State of Arkansas, Major General Mark H. Berry, and Commander-in-Chief of the Arkansas National Guard, Governor Asa Hutchinson.
A part of the honorary certificate read:
"That reposing special trust and confidence in the patriotism, valor, fidelity, and abilities of River Oakley Nimmo, I do hereby appoint him an Honorary Colonel in the National Guard of Arkansas and of the United States to rank as such from the 20th day of June Two Thousand Nineteen. He is therefore carefully and diligently to discharge the duty of the office to which he is appointed by doing and performing all manners of things thereunto belonging."
The death of young River Oakley was announced on the Facebook page dedicated to his journey. It was revealed that the young warrior passed away by 5 pm and that he fought bravely until the very end.
The family also craved the indulgence of the public and fans of the late warrior to respect their privacy during this time.
Prayers poured in from every corner on social media for the family of the warrior. One of the comments read:
“He was a fine soldier and a proud American. God bless you, little dude,"
One user wrote.
"He was as brave as any Navy Seal. We live in Georgia, my husband would be there in dress uniform."
"Oh, beautiful boy! You are absolutely a soldier, and fought such a hard war. My heart breaks for y' all, and I will continue to pray for peace and comfort over you all. Oakley has touched the lives of so many people and has made such a beautiful impact on the world in his short time here. Now Oakley gets to be a forever soldier in the army of God. The most beautiful army of all."
Oakley was indeed a brave young man. May his soul rest in peace and his family find solace in his impactful life.