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Remains of three unclaimed veterans to be laid to rest Wednesday afternoon

February 20, 2019 GMT

FLORENCE, S.C. -- The remains of three unclaimed veterans will be buried Wednesday afternoon by the Missing in America Project at Florence National Cemetery.

A1C Michael Cooper, US Air Force; PFC Roy Lee Benson, US Army; Sgt Allen Wigfall, US Marine Corps will be buried with full military honors.

“The three were honorably discharged veterans who served their country so we might enjoy the freedoms we do today,” Nick Lee, Operations Officer for the Veterans Honor Guard, wrote in a release on the ceremony.

The men have no family members to see they are given final honors, which qualifies them to be a part of the Missing in America Project.


“We just want to make sure we give them the honor and respect they deserve today,” Larry Truax, MIAP said. “I know it’s important to them, but they can’t speak so I’ve got to do that for them.”

Florence National Cemetery Director Carolyn Howard said this project holds a special place in her heart.

“We want to lay to rest our soldiers with dignity and honor,” Howard said. “They don’t deserve to be forgotten. They deserve to be laid to rest and taken care of, and this is the place where we’ll do that.”

Wednesday’s ceremony starts at 2 p.m., at the committal shelter in the new section of the cemetery. The public is invited to attend.