Since October 2015, Chapter 1071 of Lakewood, CO has been in the process of analyzing, identifying and honoring the cremated remains of over 100 veterans from World War II, the Korea War, and the Vietnam War, and whose rankings vary from Private to Lt. Colonel.
In late March, the chapter honored 22 veterans at another of a series of interment ceremonies with full military honors at Fort Logan National Cemetery in Denver.
The burial service featured a reading of each of the veterans’ names, a firing squad salute, playing of taps, and a military jet fly-over.
The ashes of the deceased veterans had not been claimed by next of kin for decades and were temporarily inurned in cardboard boxes at the Olinger’s Eastlawn Mausoleum.
Donations of hand-crafted urns from Colorado Woodworker’s Guild, and dog tags recreated by Authentic US Military Dog Tags now hold the veterans’ remains.
The members of Chapter 1071’s Honors Committal Committee will continue to identify and apply for legal internment of the remaining approximately 800 veterans.
Chapter 1071 wants to continue to provide a proper military burial for all the cremated veterans that they are able to identify.