There will be a service on Saturday in Calverton National Cemetery on eastern Long Island honoring 20 Veterans who have recently died in New York City, but whose remains have not been claimed by family or friends. The service will be largest mass burial of U.S. Veterans in history. The Veterans will receive full honors, with flag-draped coffins, bagpipers, the playing of “Taps,” and the attendance of local congressmen.
The upcoming funeral service is part of an initiative to provide Veterans with proper burials and has been spearheaded by the Missing in America Project. The Missing in America Project is an organization comprised of about 800 volunteers, and they have been helping funeral homes give Veterans proper honors after death since 2006. The organization has been sanctioned by the Department of Veterans Affairs, and will provide a respectable funeral to any Veteran who received an honorable discharge.John Calderelli, the New York representative to the Missing in America Project, will serve as the master of ceremonies on Saturday. “They made a commitment,” Caldarelli said. “When our Veterans are abandoned and there is no family to speak for them, I will speak for them. I am their family.”To learn more about this story, click here.