GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. - Thursday was a special day here at Veterans Memorial Cemetery of Western Colorado as 26 unclaimed veterans were laid to rest with full military honors here.
CMS Bill Woods says, "Today we welcome the home, to spend eternity with their comrads in arms."
Mike Schults who is a representative for the Missing In America Project says, "these veterans are from World War I, World War II, Korea, and Vietnam. They served in the Army, the Navy, the Air Force, and the Coast Guard. the were Privates, Corporals, Seargeants, Seaman, Petty Officers, Chiefs, and a Major."
It was a process to verify these veterans.
Schults also says, "some veterans only took a few days to verify, others took months."
Those that at one time may have been forgotten, are no longer forgotten.
Congressman Scott Tipton says, "here today, we're demonstrating in Grand Junction, we are not forgetting. Men and women, for a variety of reasons were not recognized at the time of their passing for their service to this nation, are now knowing they are not forgotten."
Woods also says, "rest easy heros, we have the watch from here."
Along with those 26 veterans, two of their wives are here with them as well. These veterans can finally rest in peace here.