METHUEN, Mass. (AP) — A Massachusetts funeral director has been writing obituaries and inviting strangers to burials for late veterans.

Aaron Mizen, the director for the Kenneth H. Pollard Funeral Home in Methuen, says he has stepped up for these strangers because they had no one else to do it.

The Eagle Tribune reports Mizen wrote the obituary for 84-year-old U.S. Navy veteran Eileen Robichaud after she died on Sept. 6. He also extended an invite to Methuen residents to join him at her burial this week at Elmwood Cemetery.

Mizen, who is a 20-year military veteran himself, says Robichaud has no family left to honor her.

The Methuen resident extended a similar invitation six months ago to honor 95-year-old Albert Corn. Corn was an Army sergeant and a recipient of the Purple Heart.

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