Veterans' remains escorted through county
Unclaimed remains to be laid to rest
Last updated 11/21/2022 at 12:29pm
RITZVILLE – On a chilly Wednesday morning, Nov. 16, veterans in the Patriot Guard Riders stood in a circle at Love's Travel Stop.
They had gathered to escort the unclaimed remains of 99 U.S. military veterans, 14 spouses and 10 dependent children to Washington State Veterans Cemetery outside Medical Lake.
Their mission was the second part of a two-day event - known as "The Last Mile" - that began in Seattle two days earlier.
On Nov. 14, Evergreen Washelli Funeral Home hosted a ceremony with full military honors in partnership with The Missing in America Project. The memorial included the...