Did you know that there are literally thousands of unclaimed urns full of ashes left behind at funeral homes? That comes out to about 10 percent of the total number of cremations conducted each year. In many cases, these remains are never reunited with family or loved ones. Sometimes it’s because a family ends up not being able to pay for the cremation. Other reasons can include people who were not able to be identified at the time of their death, or those who passed away with no surviving family or friends.
Many people have wondered if it would be possible to find a final resting place for an important segment of uncollected remains – the final remains of veterans. One nationwide veterans group is trying to do something to identify and claim many of the cremains that came from soldiers who fought for their country.
The Missing in America Project has identified more than 3,000 remains over the past several years. In some cases, they have been able to get the remains to surviving family members while, in others, fellow servicemen and women have stepped forward to provide a final resting place for their fallen friend.
Quite often, the MIA Project is able to have a full funeral service for veterans once they are identified. This includes a full funeral car procession and ceremonies related to their branch of the Armed Services. The Missing in America project works with local funeral homes, social service organizations, veteran’s groups, legions and VFWs. To learn more about their project or to find out how you can help, check out their home page at www.miap.us.