Funeral ceremony will celebrate homeless vets

SIERRA VISTA — Nearly 20 former members of America’s armed forces will be laid to rest Wednesday at the Southern Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery as part of the Missing in America Project.

The project is designed to honor homeless and indigent veterans to ensure they receive a military funeral, which in this case will be the placement of their cremains in the state-operated veterans’ cemetery columbaria, as has been done in the past.

The service for the solders, sailors, airmen, Marines and Coast Guardsman will be held at 1 p.m.

However before that time, the cremains will travel from the Adair Funeral Home in Tucson to the Sierra Vista site, leaving around 9:30 a.m.

Motorcyclists who would like to escort the cremains are asked to muster at RV City in Whetstone at 11 a.m. for assignment in the honor escort.

The escort will leave at noon.

Other individuals who would like to honor the veterans are asked to gather at the cemetery by 12:30 p.m.

For more information in Cochise County call Joe Oliveras at 456-5216.

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