EP National Cemetery to hold first service in Oregon for missing veterans

On Thursday, June 19, at 1 p.m., Eagle Point National Cemetery will make history in Oregon as it pays tribute to the Missing in America Project.
   
The MIAP project began in January 2007 to locate, identify and inter unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans who are gone, but not forgotten.
 

The program at the Eagle Point cemetery will combine the regular third
Thursday service that honors those who have not received military
honors  with this program.
   
A procession will come from
Hull & Hull Funeral Directors in Grants Pass to the Eagle Point
National Cemetery. Included in that procession with be the Oregon
Veterans Motorcycle Association members. Locally, the group numbers
100. Statewide there are some 600 members.
   
In an
informational sheet, they estimate 35 to 40 veterans will receive
honors. This number includes 14 who have been verified by the MIAP
program as well as those for whom a program on the third Thursday would
be held.
   
Speakers will include Sen. Alan Bates and Navy
Captain TJ Orton, Chief of Staff NW Region Casualty Assistance. Repr.
Greg Walden has been invited but may be in Washington, D.C. for
important votes. If he is unable to attend, a representative from his
local office will represent him.
   
The service will be conducted by a chaplain from VASORCC (VA Domiciliary) and the Oregon Military Honors Team.
   
Nationwide
this program has visited 414 funeral homes, identified 286 American
veterans and interred 149 in the 17 months since it was organized.
   
The
procession will not be coming through Eagle Point nor will it take Hwy.
62. It will come via Hwy. 234 to Agate Road, to Antelope Rd., to Hwy.
140 , turning left across Hwy. 140 at Riley Road to the cemetery.
   
The
public is encouraged to attend this moving ceremony. With the
announcement of the name of a veteran, will be the ringing of the bell.
   
The
MIAP project is a non-profit, 501 (C) 3 organization.. Donations may be
made to MIAP, 2874 Sandalwood Rd., Redding, CA 96001. For a donation of
$10 or more, the donor will receive an MIAP patch.
By Nancy Leonard
Of the Independent

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