The State Veterans Cemetery - Medical Lake held its first annual Washington State Missing in America Program Ceremony on Monday, September 12.
During the past year, the remains of 62 unclaimed veterans and two veteran’s spouses were located and recovered throughout the state by many veteran organizations. Funeral homes, coroners and medical examiners partnered with the organizations to identify these forgotten heroes.
Each Veteran's cremains were placed by a member of the military branch in which they served.
During Monday’s ceremony, all five branches of the military simultaneously folded United States Flags and presented them to the cemetery to be flown on scheduled honors holidays to represent those not yet recovered.
Staff of the State Veterans Cemetery – Medical Lake deserve recognition for the dedication, time and caring that is required to verify the veteran status of those identified for interment at the State Veterans Cemetery. They will continue to work with the Missing in America Project to identify unclaimed remains of veterans, and arrange to have them brought "home" with Military Honors.
To find out more about this program, contact the State Veterans Cemetery - Medical Lake at 509-299-6280.