Unclaimed veterans given final salute

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. (KKCO/KJCT)-- A group of veterans who were never claimed by their families at Martin Mortuary were honored for their service, with full military honors.

Some of the veterans served as early as World War 1, and were never given a proper burial.

26 veterans and 2 of their spouses were laid to rest at Veteran's Memorial Cemetery.

After years of being unclaimed by their families, they were finally given full military honors for their service, and hundreds of Western Slope vets wanted to give a final salute.

"We serve together. We may not like each other, we may not like..period...their politics or their religion or whatever, but by God, their serving our country just like we are, so we recognize that," said Purple Heart recipient and Vietnam veteran, Larry Hicks.

The vets that were honored represent World War 1, World War 2, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War.

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