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Unclaimed Remains of Three Veterans to be Sent to Marion National Cemetery

INDIANAPOLIS – The remains of a Civil War veteran, a World War I veteran, and a World War II veteran will be sent to Marion National Cemetery in Marion, Ind., for inurnment, according to Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers.

A special ceremony is scheduled Saturday, April 26, to honor and celebrate their lives. The remains will be placed at Marion National Cemetery at 1:30 p.m. that day.

The cremated remains of the veterans were recovered from Flanner and Buchanan’s unclaimed storage vaults by a special task force. The veterans include Army Private Hiram Maine (Civil War); Army Private Forest Smith (World War I); and Army Corporal Leo M. Valdez Jr. (World War II).

The ceremony will include an explanation of the “Missing in America Project” (MIAP) by Indiana State Coordinator Bart Colvin.

At the conclusion of the ceremony Bruce and Brian Buchanan, representing Flanner and Buchanan, will present the cremated remains of the veterans to the Post 79 American Legion Riders, who will then transport them to Marion National Cemetery for a final burial service.

This recovery effort is part of MIAP’s nationwide effort to locate, identify and inurn the unclaimed remains of forgotten veterans. The local organizers are Legion Riders from Post 79 in Zionsville. The American Legion is headquartered in Indianapolis. Founded in 1881, Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers is owned by Bruce and Brian Buchanan. The company owns 17 event facilities throughout Indianapolis – seven of which are combined with cemeteries. Many of the centers offer catering services and host weddings, reunions, business retreats and special events. In addition, the company owns a crematory, the Cremation Center of Indiana in Indianapolis, as well as Fewell Monument Company, located in Scottsburg.

Posted April 15


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