Marine from Wellington serves as presidential pallbearer in George HW Bush's funeral
WELLINGTON, Fla. (CBS12) —
A hero from right here in South Florida was one of the last hands that held President George H.W. Bush’s casket before it made its way to Texas.
Cathy Eckstein was overjoyed filming her Marine son on television as he carried George H.W. Bush’s casket at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland on Wednesday. It’s not hard to tell Eckstein is proud of her son, Jared Tosner, graduate of Wellington High School, as she has pictures of him in uniform around the household.
On Saturday, she says her 24-year-old son, a Lance Corporal in the Marines, told her he would have this prestigious duty.
“I asked him if he was nervous,” Eckstein said.
However, her son wasn’t nervous; he is part of an elite 11-man marine team called body bearers that support funerals for dignitaries and on Wednesday, he was up front carrying the nation's 41st president.
“When I was watching it, my body was like shaking,” said Eckstein who immediately called her 86-year-old mother. “I was on the phone with her and we were crying and screaming."
Eckstein says her son’s duty bestowed honor upon the family and our community.
“And him being a part of this historical event that’s a memory of a lifetime,” she said.