Remains of three veterans buried at Ind. national cemetery

(Provided Photo/Dan Gadberry)

MARION, Ind. (WISH) – The remains of a Civil War veteran, a World War I veteran, and a World War II veteran were buried at the Marion National Cemetery on Saturday.

A special ceremony at Veteran’s Park in Zionsville honored and celebrated the veterans’ lives.

The cremated remains of the veterans were recovered from Flanner and Buchanan’s unclaimed storage vaults by a special task force, a release said.

The veterans are Army Private Hiram Maine (Civil War), Army Private Forest Smith (World War I), and Army Corporal Leo M. Valdez Jr. (World War II).

The ceremony included an explanation of the “Missing in America Project” (MIAP), which is a nationwide effort to locate, identify and inurn the unclaimed remains of forgotten veterans.

After the ceremony, representatives from Flanner and Buchanan Funeral Centers presented the cremated remains of the veterans to the Post 79 American Legion Riders, who transported them to Marion National Cemetery for a final burial service. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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