RICHLAND, WA - When a soldier dies they are given military honors at their funeral, but sometimes a family misses out on that ceremony. At Sunset Memorial Gardens in Richland on Sunday they made sure that those men and women were remembered.
"George E. Warner senior was my grandfather who was a Spanish American War veteran," said George F. Warner. "He passed away a few years ago and I was in the military. I was in the Air Force. I was stationed in Alaska and I could not attend his funeral."
George F. Warner served our nation and comes from a family of veterans. Receiving a flag from the military in honor of his grandfather means so much to him because it is something that didn't happen when his grandfather died.
"Cause most of my family now is deceased, he did not have a flag on his casket."
During the ceremony the names of the veterans who have passed in Benton and Franklin counties without military honors were read. The honor guard told us that this was one of the longest lists that has been read in our region. While his grandfather passed years ago, Warner could not help but tear up as the man he looked up to was honored.