Military Honors for 35 Unclaimed VeteransLoading
  • More than 200 veterans stood in for missing family members at the service. About 120 rode their motorcycles to escort the remains on the 75-mile trip from Santa Rosa to the cemetery.They are veterans whose bodies were never claimed by loved ones, who never received a proper burial. But thanks to the efforts of veterans advocates, the remains of 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Veterans salute during the service for veterans whose bodies were never claimed by loved ones, who never received a proper burial. But thanks to the efforts of veterans advocates, the remains of 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Craig Allen, Foreman, Sacramento Valley National Cemetery, rang a bell each time the name of an unclaimed veteran's remains were called during a ceremony for 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I. They were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Veterans held flags that flapped in the stiff breeze, forming a semicircle around the service for veterans whose bodies were never claimed by loved ones, who never received a proper burial. But thanks to the efforts of veterans advocates, the remains of 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • An escort salutes during the ceremony for veterans whose bodies were never claimed by loved ones, who never received a proper burial. But thanks to the efforts of veterans advocates, the remains of 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • A flag is expertly folded in honor of the veterans whose bodies were never claimed by loved ones, who never received a proper burial. But thanks to the efforts of veterans advocates, the remains of 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • A flag is folded in honor of 35 unclaimed veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, that were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Terri Gomke, 53, center in yellow, of Penngrove, who is active with the Patriot Guard Riders, didn't look to see the name of the veteran she was carrying. It was enough to know she was doing her part as she volunteered to be a pallbearer for the unclaimed veterans. Thanks to the efforts of veterans advocates, the remains of 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • A final salute ended the ceremony for veterans whose bodies were never claimed by loved ones, who never received a proper burial until Monday. Thanks to the efforts of veterans advocates, the remains of 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • More than 200 veterans stood in for missing family members at the service. About 120 rode their motorcycles to escort the remains on the 75-mile trip from Santa Rosa to the cemetery.They were there to honor veterans whose bodies were never claimed by loved ones, who never received a proper burial. But thanks to the efforts of veterans advocates, the remains of 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Thirty five boxes containing the remains of unclaimed veterans were carried by volunteer veterans to and from the ceremony. They are veterans whose bodies were never claimed by loved ones, who never received a proper burial. But thanks to the efforts of veterans advocates, the remains of 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • After the ceremony, pallbearers carried the remains of the unclaimed veterans to the ceremony office where they removed the flags and placed the remains in a vault or in the ground for burial the next day. Thanks to the efforts of veterans advocates, the remains of 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • John Debiase, right, of Santa Rosa was a volunteer pallbearer who carried the unclaimed remains after the ceremony to the cemetery office. They are veterans whose bodies were never claimed by loved ones, who never received a proper burial. But thanks to the efforts of veterans advocates, the remains of 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Ron Collier, 66, left, Sonoma County veterans remains officer, escorted the remains of unclaimed veterans by motorcycle to the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. He is the son of a World War ll vet. Thanks to the efforts of veterans advocates, the remains of 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    RenŽe C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Terri Gomke, 53, of Pengrove, an active member with Patriot Guard Riders, fastens an american flag face guard after the service. She escorted unclaimed remains of veterans and also volunteered as a pallbearer during a full military service for veterans whose bodies were never claimed by loved ones, who never received a proper burial. Thanks to the efforts of veterans advocates, the remains of 35 veterans from Sonoma County, including eight dating to World War I, were laid to rest with full military honors at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Timothy King holds the remains of one of the 35 veterans whose bodies were never claimed by loved ones, as he waits to put it in a sealed vault. Veterans remains that never received a proper burial were honored at a full military ceremony on Monday, including eight dating to World War I at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
  • Cemetery workers Timothy King, left, and Don Jones, right, carry the unclaimed remains of veterans who were never claimed by loved ones and never given a proper burial until Monday. After a full military ceremony and the flags were removed from the small boxes eleven were placed in separate vaults. Others waited for burial the following morning at the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery in Dixon. Photo taken May 20, 2013 in Dixon, California.
    Renée C. Byer | rbyer@sacbee.com
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