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6 unclaimed veterans remains laid to rest

8:56 PM, Jun 7, 2013   |    comments
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Columbia, SC (WLTX) - Choose to stop, look, or salute and you'd be the closest family to the remains of six veterans laid to rest Thursday at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

"These veterans collectively have served 27 years in the United States military," said Steven Goulet who organized the event.  "I don't know who they are, but I know they served their country."

When the six died, no one claimed them. Goulet began working with coroners in the Midlands to give the remains a proper military burial.

"As a veteran it saddens me," said Goulet. "It saddens me that anybody would be left out there and not receive a decent burial."

That didn't happen, because of six simple squares.

"Most of the kids I work with are between 14 and 18. They've not experienced a whole lot. They're young. They're kids," said Sam Bower, a carpentry instructor at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. "10 years from now, 20 years from now, they'll grasp the weight of this."

Bower taught a group of teens at DJJ how to build the boxes that would hold the remains of the unclaimed veterans.
"I think this will drive home a lot of things my generation and the generation before me have been telling them," said Bower.  "It won't strike home for them until they experience more."


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