Unclaimed Veterans Still Missing In America
The first cremated remains of what could prove to be an army of forgotten veterans, some of them perhaps dating to the Civil War, are scheduled to reach their final resting place at the California State Veteran Cemetery at Igo, near Redding, on Feb. 19. This is the first of, sadly, many services for those forgotten heroes who have sat on shelves waiting for a proper interment. The interment ceremony for 15 to 22 veterans, and spouses, will be the first of its kind in a new and unprecedented project involving the Patriot Guard Riders, the state and federal governments, and funeral homes throughout the country. The project, dubbed the Missing in America Project (MIAP)by its creators, seeks to locate, identify and inter unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans.
The Patriot Guard Riders (PGR), an organization of 79,000 patriotic Americans, is leading this effort, which intends to provide a service honoring veterans and some of their family members who never received a proper military funeral.
Fred Salanti, PGR National MIAP Operations Coordinator says, "We worry about the missing in action Vietnam veterans, but this is just as bad. These veterans served their country, no matter how and when; they survived, made it back home, and are resting on shelves and in vaults". "It's the right thing to do to get these veterans and give them the Honor and Respect due them." This includes their spouses and children under 21, who are also eligible for burial with their veteran.
Members of the PGR organization, in 27 states, have begun the painstaking task of matching unclaimed Cremains in funeral homes to federal databases to garner information on individual service records and veterans benefits. Cremains have been found dating to the 1890’s.
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Last edited by Rocky : 02-12-2007 at 04:32.
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