• 95 year-old World War II veteran laid to rest at National Veteran's Cemetery in Salisbury

    By: Tenikka Smith


    SALISBURY N.C. - A World War II veteran was honored Monday in a special ceremony in Salisbury.

    A roar of motorcycle engines signaled the arrival of World War II Army veteran Sidney Resnick to his final resting place.

    At the end of the Patriot Guard caravan was rider Corky Leonard, a Vietnam veteran who became close friends with Resnick at church.

    "You could always go up to him and he never had a bad word to say," Leonard said.

    Those who knew the 95 year-old said he had a caring heart, he loved big band music and was devoted to his family.

    Resnick died last month, but Monday his grandson, who is also a veteran, carried an urn that would be put in a permanent place at the National Veterans Cemetery in Salisbury.

    Members of the Patriot Guard stood around the ceremony site in support of Resnick's family, and in respect for their fallen comrade.

    "This is our veterans showing our colors and our love for our country and support for their fellow veterans and there's not a lot of our World War II veterans left," said Resnick's son, Larry. "To remember and honor them like this is beyond our comprehension," he said.

    Leonard stood with Resnick's family during the service wearing a brace on his leg. He was severely injured in a motorcycle accident in April.

    Today was the first time he's been back on a bike since the crash. He said he didn't want to miss the opportunity to pay tribute to his friend.

    "With Sid, this is a respect and honor that I would never ever miss." He said, "The family has embraced me and I am here today to embrace them."

    The family said Resnick also had a passion for supporting children. A "Sid's Kids" fund has been set up in his memory. It was established through the World Vision Organization and helps feed children in need.

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