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48 ‘Forgotten Heroes’ Honored at State Veterans Cemetery

Governor Jay Inslee

OLYMPIA – On Tuesday, the State Veterans Cemetery outside of Medical Lake held a Forgotten Heroes interment for the remains of 48 deceased veterans whose remains went unclaimed by potential families.

The unclaimed veteran remains from throughout the state were escorted to the Washington State Veterans Cemetery where the cremains was ceremoniously turned over to the Department of Veterans Affairs for interment. Individuals will be interred in their final resting place with full military honors.

Washington State Department of Veterans Affairs works closely with veterans service groups, funeral industry partners, public administrators, and other concerned citizens to ensure the dignified burial of unclaimed veterans. These organizations work throughout the year researching military service records and vital records to locate unclaimed veterans eligible for burial at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery.