Ceremony to recognize vets buried without military honors

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WALLA WALLA — A ceremony Sunday will recognize 39 Walla Walla County veterans who have died and not received the rendering of Military Funeral Honors.

The ceremony will take place at noon at Fort Walla Walla Park, near the museum.

At the ceremony, the name of each veteran will be read aloud, accompanied by the ceremonial ringing of a bell followed by full military honors with support from member of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 466 Post 992.

In a release, Sgt. Ryan D. Homer, team leader for the Central Washington Military Funeral Honors said the ceremony “is one way our nation shows its deep gratitude to those who, in times of war and peace, have faithfully defended our country.”

Congress made the ceremonial paying of respects a statutory benefit for a veteran’s family in 2000, Homer said.

“Before that time — even in recent years — honorably serving men and women have passed away without ever receiving a nation’s formal demonstration of gratitude for their service and sacrifice,” he said.

“They still deserve that recognition and the Veterans Memorial Tribute Program is dedicated to leaving none of them behind.”

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