Camp Mabry is honoring those veterans whose remains have never been claimed, making sure their legacy lives on.
12 forgotten heroes got the honor they deserved. One by one they were all recognized during a ceremony held at Camp Mabry Sunday morning. "These ceremonies are always kind of bitter-sweet. It's a shame that these unclaimed remains had to sit somewhere for years, but it's certainly very satisfying to see they finally get the honor they deserved and respect for serving our country," says Warren Wurzburger, Texas state chaplain, 'Missing in America' project. This is the first year for the base to host the 'Missing in America' project; a project that aims to find every veteran. Right now there's an estimated 100 to 200 thousand unclaimed remains throughout the country. "The problem is so large that funeral homes have storage facilities for these remains because there is no room at funeral homes," says Wurzburger. More than two thousand remains have been identified since 2006. The ceremony was a nice way for Ashlee Earley to remember her father, who served as an Army private in Vietnam. He passed away from a heart attack and the project wanted to pay respect to his service. "He died March of 89, so I don't have any memories of him. This was a very nice opportunity to be able to make my own memories that I definitely will never forget and be able to honor him," says Ashlee Earley, veterans daughter. Her wish is that more veterans will be identified, helping families finally find their long lost loved ones.
On Monday, the remains will be transferred to the state cemetery in Temple.