Veterans honored at cemetery
A solemn ceremony was held at a national cemetery in Saratoga County where several veterans were laid to rest. Some say this was a long time coming. Lori Chung has more.
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SARATOGA COUNTY, N.Y. -- Community members came together to honor local veterans at a special ceremony.
A joint funeral was held at Saratoga National Cemetery for vets who died and never got their military honors. Eight veterans whose remains had been unclaimed were laid to rest, thanks to a program by the Patriot Guard Brothers. The program is able to give veterans the final sendoff they deserve.
"I'm really glad I was able to bring who I could with me and to be able to share this because the powerfulness of all of them is priceless," said Carol Brennan Rice.
"It’s a dirty little secret, but it does exist and it exists in far greater numbers than people would imagine and we’re very fortunate that we’ve been very well received by the funeral director community," said Bill Schaaf, Patriot Guard Riders Assistant State Captain.
Among them was a World War I veteran unclaimed for 38 years and a World War II soldier that had been in a funeral home for 37 years.