SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) — UPDATE | A newpaper reports Edward K. Pearson did, in fact, have immediate kin.

ORIGINAL STORY | Hundreds of people showed up to a veteran’s funeral in Sarasota after learning the man had no family.

Edward K. Pearson passed August 31. He was 80 years old.

Because Pearson had no immediate family to come to his funeral, the public is welcome to attend.

His public service will be held Tuesday, Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. at the Sarasota National Cemetery.

The cemetery is located at 9810 State Road 72 in Sarasota.

Watch the full service here: