Roseburg procession honors unclaimed veterans' remains

Advocates spent three years looking for unclaimed veterans' remains in Oregon, finding 28 in Roseburg.

Posted: Apr. 19, 2019 6:10 PM
Updated: Apr. 19, 2019 6:13 PM

ROSEBURG, Ore. -- Many veterans gathered on Friday for a special procession to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for our country. 

Advocate Larry Hill said after three years of looking for unclaimed veterans' remains in Oregon, 28 were found in Roseburg. The cremated remains were taken in a procession to the Douglas County Courthouse, where they await proper memorial services, which will begin May 14. 

The remains had previously been stored in a funeral home in Roseburg, some for as long as 44 years. 

Many veterans said their fallen brothers and sisters deserve more respect than they've gotten. When asked why the remains have been unclaimed for all these years, they said it’s due to a mixture of reasons. Sometimes the veterans outlive their families, while others fall through the cracks.

This is something Hill says happens across the country.

The cremated remains will be inspected, identified and relabeled, and then they'll be taken to their final resting place at the Roseburg National Cemetery near the Veterans Affairs campus.

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