Last month, 18 fallen soldiers were laid to rest at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery…marking the end of a long journey home.
It was all part of the Missing in America Project (MIAP) — which locates and identifies the unclaimed remains of forgotten veterans. It is the organization’s goal to provide honor and respect to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice for this country.
On August 18, 2016, the Washington State Patrol had the privilege of escorting the cremains of 18 soldiers to their final resting place in Medical Lake, Washington.
Troopers Dave Brandt and James Stairet led a group of nearly 60 motorcycle riders from Pasco to the Adams/Franklin County line. From there, Trooper Mason Acheson took over the escort detail and led the group to Ritzville where they joined-up with another group carrying the remains of additional fallen U.S. service members. Three MIAP escort rides took place that day, totaling 60 fallen service members.
When all three groups arrived at the Washington State Veterans Cemetery, the remains were buried with full military honors.
Throughout the ride, every veteran in the group would take turns carrying the cremains. Trooper Brandt said it was an emotional day, especially watching the veterans hold a fallen brother in their arms until they reached his final resting place.
For more information on the MIAP, please visit their website at: http://www.miap.us/index.asp