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Veterans From Civil War To WWI Honored With Long-Awaited Ceremony

A small group of veterans who served from the Civil War to World War I were buried with military honors in Oregon on Friday.

State officials discovered the cremated remains more than a decade ago, along with 3,400 other people in an outbuilding on the grounds of the state psychiatric hospital in 2004. Since then, officials have tried to determine their identities and if they're veterans.

Mike Allegre with the Oregon Department of Military Affairs said 19 veterans were interned at the Willamette National Cemetery in Portland.

"We have the military honors of bringing flags in and posting them," he said. "There was also the presentation of a flag that is unfolded, refolded and presented to someone who represented these veterans, a firing squad and then we had echo taps played by the Oregon National Guard."

While about 100 people attended the ceremony, Allegre said it was difficult to identify any living family members. One woman who was identified was too old to travel to the ceremony.

Copyright 2015 Oregon Public Broadcasting

Conrad Wilson is a reporter and producer covering criminal justice and legal affairs for OPB.