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Remains of unclaimed WWI veterans laid to rest in Roseburg

the ashes were discovered in an unclaimed forgotten status at a local funeral home.

Posted: May 14, 2019 7:54 PM
Updated: May 14, 2019 7:54 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- The ashes of four World War I Veterans were laid to rest at Roseburg National Cemetery near the Veterans Affairs campus on Tuesday, and 24 others will be brought to their final resting place later this week.

The service for the four veterans included long-delayed military honors with prayers by chaplains of various veteran groups, eulogies, reading of obituaries, a bell ringing ceremony and rifle salutes. 

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Officials said the veteran cremains were discovered in an unclaimed forgotten status by Carol Hunt, president of Douglas County Wings of Love, and Glenda Shannon, past Roseburg VA National Cemetery Technician, at a local funeral home. Organizers said every effort has been made to discover family and relatives and the search will continue.

Little is know about the four WWI veterans, but officials said they died in their 70s and 80s in Douglas County. One of them also served in World War II.

In the second service, which will be held on Wednesday, will inurn 11 U.S. Army veterans who served in WWII, Korea and Vietnam. The third service, which will be held on Thursday, will inurn seven Navy veterans and four Air Force veterans. Both services start at 1 p.m. and are open to the public.

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