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Unclaimed remains of Connecticut veterans laid to rest

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Flags and urns represent the remains of four unidentified veterans. (WFSB) Flags and urns represent the remains of four unidentified veterans. (WFSB)
MIDDLETOWN, CT (WFSB/AP) -

Four Connecticut veterans have been remembered with military honors, years after they died and their remains went unclaimed.

William Buell, Joseph Trantino, Howard Daniels and David Kendle were memorialized in a service Wednesday at the State Veterans' Cemetery in Middletown.

There were prayers, speeches and a gun salute before the men's remains were interred, along with newly received medals.

"As a soldier myself, part of our army warrior ethos is to never leave a fallen comrade. And that's what today is all about," said Commissioner of Veterans Affairs Sean Connolly.

The men served in the military decades ago and all died within the past 13 years. Their ages ranged from the early 60s to late 80s. Officials couldn't find any relatives.  

The ceremony was hosted by the Missing in America Project, a nonprofit that has been working to locate, identify and bury the unclaimed remains of American veterans.

Their fellow veterans also came out to show their support.

"This was special. I can't explain the feelings I had," said Robert Bailey, state commissioner for the Department of Connecticut Veterans of Foreign Wars.

A similar ceremony honoring 12 other members of the military is scheduled for October.

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