unclaimed veteran funeral

Previous unclaimed veteran's funeral service. Kim Sullivan photo

The Lexington County Coroner's Office announced the funeral service plans for three unclaimed veterans who died in Lexington County. The service, with military honors, will take place at 11 a.m. Friday, at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

The cremated remains of United States Army Veterans SP/4 Alan C. Bedell, SP/4 Cephus Grate Jr., and SP/4 Ricky D. Willie will be laid to rest by the American Legion Post 193 of Chapin. The veterans' remains will be escorted by American Legion Riders and the Patriot Guard Riders, beginning at 10:10 a.m. Friday, from the Chapin American Legion Post 193 to Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Through the course of investigating their deaths, the coroner's office determined these men either had no living relatives or their relatives were unable to provide funeral services. "It is a great honor for us to be involved in ensuring that these veterans receive the posthumous respect earned through their services and sacrifices to our nation," said a Lexington County Coroner's Office representative.

Coroner Margaret Fisher encourages the public to attend, and assist the coroner's office in honoring the individuals.

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