Saluting Patriot Guard Riders for supporting today's internment of Civil War Veteran & WA Veterans Home Resident, PVT Zachariah Stucker. pic.twitter.com/4flYOVUjW0— WA Veterans Affairs (@WDVA) September 28, 2017
A retinue of re-enactors, National Guard musicians, Patriot Guard riders and volunteers who ensure military veterans receive a proper burial on Thursday honored the service of Pvt. Zachariah Stucker, who fought in numerous campaigns during the Civil War.
An interment ceremony was held at the Washington Veterans Home Cemetery in Retsil, across Puget Sound from Seattle.
Stucker – a member of the 48th Illinois Infantry -- died at the home in 1914. His cremains were never claimed by relatives (he never married) and they remained in storage at a Seattle funeral home and cemetery until last week. The Missing in America Project led the effort to find Stucker a final resting place.
|(All photos courtesy of Bob Patrick, Missing in America Project)|
“What is really sad is that he has been missing for 103 years," said Lourdes “Alfie” Alvadrao-Ramos, director of the Washington Department of Veterans Affairs, during the ceremony, according to the Kitsap Sun.
“That is 103 Memorial Days where nobody put a flag by his headstone. This is countless holidays, Christmases, where he didn’t get a wreath on his grave. But now, that’s over.”
Thank you 133d Army @WANationalGuard Band for performing during today's Civil War Veteran Internment at the WA Veterans Cemetery. pic.twitter.com/u1g0FZf9Ty— WA Veterans Affairs (@WDVA) September 28, 2017