9/30/2016-- Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, WA, USA
Here: An empty columbarium nitch at the Tahoma National Cemetery. The indigent veterans James Lindley helps place at the cemetery are placed in the columbarium walls in case family members ever come forward to claim the remains.
James Lindley, 34, an undertaker and US Marine Corp Veteran, works at the Columbia Funeral Home in Seattle, Washington and has taken it upon himself to process the remains of indigent veterans and ensure their remains are placed in Tahoma National Cemetery in nearby Kent, WASH. The veterans are given full military funerals with active service members as well as volunteers who stand-in for unavailable next-of-kin, accepting the folded flags provided by the Veterans Administration.
On this day, with the help of Mr. Lindley, the remains of 4 veterans were interred at the Tahoma National Cemetery:
Richard Fesler, born 1951, died 2014. US Army Veteran
Rocky Stallone, born 1951, died 2014. Marine Corps veteran
Russell Ristow, born 1944, died 2014. US Army veteran.
Wayne Roberts, Born 1937, died 2014. US Navy veteran.
Credit: Stuart Isett for The Wall Street Journal.
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