ROSEBURG, Ore. — The unclaimed cremated remains of 28 veterans have been removed from a mortuary in Roseburg, Oregon, to be stored at the Douglas County Courthouse until May, when they will be interred with full military honors.
The News-Review of Roseburg reports that the remains include those of four men who served in World War I and 17 who served in World War II. Most of the men died in the 1970s and 1980s.
When the flags were removed from the caskets and folded with military precision, there were no family members there to receive them.
On May 14, the four World War I veterans' remains will be transported in a horse-drawn carriage to the Roseburg National Cemetery, where they will interred in the columbarium following a memorial ceremony.
Two additional memorials will be held in May for the other veterans.
A Vietnam War veteran with few known family members was buried at Omaha National Cemetery in Nebraska on Tuesday, flanked by hundreds of attendees who had never met him.