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2 Young Boys Stop Their Bikes on Passing Veteran's Funeral, a Woman Secretly Takes Photos of Them

Ayesha Muhammad
Mar 09, 2022
05:40 A.M.
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Two young boys were racing down the street near their homes when something made them stop in their tracks. Unbeknownst to them, they caught a stranger's attention, who deemed it befitting to appreciate their thoughtfulness. 

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Often, youngsters look up to adults and try to learn from their examples. We are taught to respect our elders and honor them as our guides and role models from a young age. But even children can set a good example for others, inspiring people of all ages.

The story we're sharing today sheds light on a similar scenario, where two boys made headlines with their praiseworthy act. Their thoughtfulness showed the world that youngsters could also do good and admirable things.

Two young boys jumped off their bikes at the sight of a military veteran's funeral procession. | Source: facebook.com/jacqi.hornbach | youtube.com/LOCAL 12

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THE TWO YOUNGSTERS

Last year, two boys in Batesville, Indiana, were busy riding their bikes down the street near their homes when they noticed something. Instead of continuing their journey, they decided to pause their bikes and wait for some time.

But the question was: what was so urgent that made the youngsters stop their bikes and hop off? One might think they saw something that immediately grabbed their attention. However, the actual story was much different than that. 

The two friends had stopped riding to honor someone nearby. It turned out they saw a funeral procession for a military veteran, and while they could have quickly taken a different route and resumed their journey, they chose not to.

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A MAN OF HONOR

The passing funeral procession was for Charles Everett Yorn, 89, of Batesville, Indiana, who left for his heavenly abode on August 29, 2021. Yorn served in the U.S. Army before working for an American medical technology company, Hill-Rom, for 32 years.

The Facebook post also reached the youngsters' family members, who were amazed to see them garnering sheer praise and appreciation online.

His funeral took place on September 2 and was officiated by Pastor Steve Hasselbusch.   The deceased vet was buried at Batesville Methodist Cemetery with military honor performed by the Batesville VFW Post #3183 and Prell-Bland American Legion Post #271.

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ACTING IN GOOD FAITH

For the two youngsters, Yorn's funeral procession took precedent over their bike ride. Astonishingly, the boys' thoughtful gesture might have never come to light had it not been for a woman who witnessed everything.

Jacqi Hornbach took to Facebook on September 5, 2021, relating the soul-stirring incident. She noted how initially, she debated whether or not to share the post but thought it was needed with all the negativity around.

Hornbach stated she was dog-sitting for a friend and enjoying the pleasant weather when she saw a funeral procession entering the cemetery across the street. 

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Netizens leave encouraging comments on Jacqi Horbach's Facebook post for the youngsters. | Source: facebook.com/jacqi.hornbach

MAKING HEADLINES

"These two young men were riding their bikes and saw the flag of the deceased military man. They immediately stopped riding, got off their bikes, and stood with respect as TAPS was being played," wrote Hornbach. 

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The woman shared that she couldn't help taking a picture because she was incredibly proud of the boys. "Their parents should be so proud, and [I'm] sure the serviceman was in heaven smiling down on them," expressed Hornbach. 

In an interview with Fox News, Hornbach revealed she was deeply moved to see the young men pay their respects to the fallen serviceman without anyone prompting them. The Facebook user said she also felt inclined to follow the boys' example. 

Netizens leave encouraging comments on Jacqi Horbach's Facebook post for the youngsters. | Source: facebook.com/jacqi.hornbach

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PRAISE FOR THE TWO BOYS

Hornbach said the boys immediately hopped off their bikes and waited patiently for the procession to pass. According to her, they stood "with arms behind their backs, silently, the entire time." 

Several netizens joined Hornbach and lauded the youngsters for their incredible act. One user wrote: "Good parenting still exists!!!" Another user, Kendra Yorn Pierson,     commented: "That was my grandpa's funeral. Thank you so much to those two young boys."

The Facebook post also reached the youngsters' family members, who were amazed to see them garnering sheer praise and appreciation online. The boys were identified as Cristiano Barajas and Lane Moody. 

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7-year-old Jade. │Source: twitter.com/FOX5Atlanta

We would also like to take a moment to thank Barajas and Moody's parents for raising two fine gentlemen, and we hope more children worldwide continue to inspire the world with their heartwarming gestures. 

If you liked this story, you might like this one even more. It's about a little girl who helped raise money for homeless veterans in her community. You can read the whole story here. 

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