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Unclaimed and unburied veterans finally honored

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20 veterans and six military spouses unclaimed and forgotten by family, now remembered by strangers.(WPEC)

20 veterans and six military spouses unclaimed and forgotten by family, now remembered by strangers.

"It's extremely emotional. Extremely emotional to think of all these people that have been forgotten for so long," said volunteer Patricia Rizzo.

Patricia Rizzo has been volunteering for the Missing in America Project for about a year. They're an organization that verifies veteran and military spouse remains that have gone unclaimed and unburied and give them a proper farewell.

"They did the right thing. When their country called, they showed up. They didn't make anything other than sacrifices and we need to step forward and honor them," said Rizzo.

Active military, first responders, boy scouts and veterans showed up to stand in for the dead's family and friends who didn't show up.

"It really...It's an absolute privilege and honor to be a part of it,"said veteran Nick Leischn.

Some of the remains interred have gone unclaimed for decades.

"We had a soldier that was interred today that served in world war one. His remains were left abandoned for many decades. And now to see him put to rest with military honors...That just swells my heart," said Leischn.

A swollen heart that remembers those unremembered...until now.

If you want to donate to the Missing in America Project, you can go to their website.

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