Arlington Cemetery dedicates new columbarium

By The Associated Press

ARLINGTON, Va. — For more than 100 years, the cremated remains of two brothers — Civil War Army veterans from Indiana — have sat on a funeral home shelf, unclaimed and largely forgotten.

Now their remains will be given a final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery.

On Thursday, the cemetery dedicates a new columbarium court to receive the cremated remains of eligible service members. It is the ninth columbarium court at Arlington, where more than 400,000 are interred.

The first six remains to be interred at the columbarium were recovered by the Missing In America Project. The organization works with funeral homes across the country to recover remains of veterans that have gone unclaimed, sometimes for decades.

Thursday’s service includes the two brothers as well as members from all four military branches.

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