Group finds and buries remains of forgotten veterans

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A group that is seeking the unclaimed remains of veterans across the country has buried four sets of ashes at the Vermont Memorial Veterans’ Cemetery in Randolph.

The ashes had sat for decades in a White River Junction funeral home before they were discovered by a volunteer with the Missing in America Project.

Bruce Turner of Lebanon, N.H., estimates there are dozens of sets of unclaimed remains of veterans in Vermont and New Hampshire.

Nationally, the Missing in America Project estimates there are thousands of sets of unclaimed remains.

When possible, the group reunites the remains with family members. When no one can be found or no one is interested, the remains are interred in veterans’ cemeteries.

Photo: Honor guard Sgt. Brian Murray of the Army holds a flag during a ceremony for four forgotten veterans at the Vermont Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Randolph , Vt., Friday, Nov. 7, 2008. (AP Photo/Toby Talbot) 

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