Unclaimed veterans given full escort to state cemetery

A group of 40 motorcyclists rumbled out of Columbia Park on Friday to give 22 veterans a long-awaited escort to their burial site.

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BY GEOFF FOLSOM

The remains — some from as far back as World War I — have been unclaimed all these years.

“They will be given the honors that they are due,” said Neal “Stretch” Miller, Southeastern Washington district captain for the Patriot Guard Riders. “And it gives their brothers and sisters in arms behind me, these veterans, an opportunity to pay a final tribute, to give them a ride home for a final resting place.”

John Hundahl of Kennewick, the area representative for the Missing in America Project, has been working on collecting the remains for the past year.

He took the remains of seven veterans from Benton County in March to the state veterans cemetery in Medical Lake, but this time he had help from a larger group.

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