Countless people mourned when a 5-year-old boy dubbed “Army Man” went home to Heaven after a heartbreaking battle with cancer.
Shortly before his funeral, his family asked for members of the military to attend in order to honor a boy who viewed them all as heroes.
His family was not disappointed with the response.
River “Oakley” Nimmo died on June 20 from neuroblastoma, a type of cancer that affects his nerves, according to the New York Post. The 5-year-old dreamed of serving in the U.S. military one day.
“He FOUGHT absolutely 110% until the end,” Oakley’s family reported.
“We are going to give Oakley a full military service in honor of his wish to become an ‘Army Man,’ one day,” his heartbroken parents wrote on Facebook. “We ask that any active military members and/or veterans to please attend the funeral in their uniforms.”
In response, the Arkansas National Guard showed up on Tuesday in their dress uniforms to the funeral service at Cullendale First Baptist Church in Camden, Arkansas. But not only did they come to show their respects, but they also gave him the rank of Honorary Colonel, ABC affiliate KATV reported.
Other active members of the military and veterans showed up as well.
“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,” Oakley’s certificate read, which was signed by Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson himself.
Our prayers go out to Oakley’s loved ones.