Military honors given to buried soldiers


Springfield - Veterans who were buried without military honors, finally got those honors Wednesday morning, at Springfield's Camp Butler.


Those soldiers were buried without honors because no family members attended their funeral - something that can occur when bad weather strikes. This winter presented a tough challenge for family's, many simply could not make it to those burials. The Department of Defense is asked not to give out honors if family is not there to witness the ceremony.


Today's ceremony included taps and a 21-gun salute.


Commander of the Interveterans Burial Detail of Sangamon County told WAND "we are the brothers and sisters of our fellow veterans, and we are here to remember what they have done, the sacrifices they made, the life they gave up in order to serve our great nation."


The "Unaccompained Veterans Honors" was the first of its kind to be held at Camp Butler. The organization hopes to make it a quarterly event saying, "we want to make sure no veteran is buried alone."


On Saturday you can see a deployment ceremony for 16 Soldiers who will deploy to Afghanistan as part of an embedded training team. The ceremony for the Bilateral Embedded Staff Team (BEST) A13 will be April 5 at 9 a.m. at Camp Lincoln, 1301 N. MacArthur Blvd. in Springfield, Ill.


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