ARLINGTON, Va. – The cremated remains of two Civil War soldiers from Indiana have been given a final resting place at Arlington National Cemetery.
The soldiers were brothers and their remains had sat on a funeral home shelf for more than 100 years, unclaimed and largely forgotten.
On Thursday, the national cemetery dedicated a new columbarium court designed to hold the cremated remains of more than 20,000 eligible service members and family. It is the ninth columbarium court at Arlington, where roughly 400,000 are interred.
The first six remains to be interred at the court were recovered by the Missing In America Project, a Grants Pass, Ore.-based organization that seeks unclaimed remains of veterans and arranges burials. Arlington's director, Kathryn Condon, says the service was the ideal way to dedicate the new court.