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Forgotten #veterans who died finally get funeral ceremony

DENVER — Fort Logan National Cemetery honored 30 veterans whose remains have gone unclaimed with a funeral ceremony Saturday in Denver, including veterans' whose cremated remains were left at funeral homes and others who had no next of kin. Maj. Gen. H. Michael Edwards, the service's guest speaker, said remains also may go unclaimed because families forgot about them, or don't know their relatives are eligible for a military burial. "In my mind, (they're) almost MIA, because they just sat there," Edwards said. "Each of them has a story. I only wish we knew their full story." A crowd of about 80 people showed up. The names of the dead were read, followed by the rank, branch and war in which they served, going back as far as World War II. Service members located the veterans' urns on a table and declare them "present," and a bell would ring, the Denver Post reported. The rem...

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