MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — In a day decades in the making, the remains of eight unclaimed veterans who died years ago were finally laid to rest Thursday. They were given a full military funeral in Middletown to honor their service.
The eight veterans included two sailors and six soldiers, all of whom served in either World War I or World War II. They all lived in either Stamford or Greenwich at the time of their deaths.
Organizers of the funeral said the vets did not have living family, or anyone to claim them. The funeral was sponsored by a group called the Missing in America project, who located and identified all of the men laid to rest today.
“When you put on a uniform you become part of a family. And we as a service, we have an ethos to never leave a comrade behind and we were able to bring that ethos to bare today in embracing these men, bringing them back to our family and paying them the respect they are due,” said Robert Benjamin of the Missing in America project.
The eight service members were also given the Connecticut Wartime Service Medal.
The ceremony and burial took place at the State Veterans Cemetery in Middletown.