GRANDVIEW - Since 2000 ceremonial military honors for the funerals of all military veterans became a statutory benefit for a veteran's family.
That was according to legislation passed by Congress in 2000.
Since then, there have been services held periodically around the country to honor deceased veterans who did not receive military honors at the time of their funeral service.
That's the focus of a Veterans Memorial Tribute Program set for Thursday, April 19, at 1 p.m. at the Grandview Cemetery on North Elm Street.
The name of each veteran will be read aloud, accompanied by the ceremonial ringing of a bell, followed by full military honors with support from local veterans service organizations.
At the conclusion of the service, a U.S. flag will be folded in honor of the deceased veterans.
The following are names of veterans who will be honored at this ceremony and the city they are from:
Donald H. Holke, Grandview; Robert F. Diddens, Grandview; Lyle J. Dickie, Grandview; Doran A. Knight, Grandview; Ernest Charles James, Harrah; Fred Wilson, Harrah; John Stribling Ahlquist , Mabton; William A. Neal, Mabton; Thorby Cecil Sowers, Sunnyside; Frank W. Cook, Sunnyside; Joseph Harvey Young, Sunnyside; Walter Stephen Johnson, Sunnyside; Carroll Leroy Walker, Sunnyside; Roland Ernest Beasley, Sunnyside; Donald D. Miller, Sunnyside; Allison Edward Browning, Sunnyside; Ruth C. Bower, Sunnyside; and Manuel Rinley Deeds, Sunnyside.
Those eligible for military honors are:
- Military members on active duty or in the Selected Reserve.
- Former military members who served on active duty and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
- Former military members who completed at least one term of enlistment or period of initial obligated service in the Selected Reserve and departed under conditions other than dishonorable.
- Former military members discharged from the Selected Reserve due to a disability incurred or aggravated in the line of duty.