Memorial for 2 homeless veterans at vets cemetery _lowres


SLIDELL (AP) — A veterans cemetery that opened in June will hold the ashes of two homeless veterans whose bodies went unclaimed.

The St. Tammany Parish President’s Veteran and Military Affairs Advisory Council says one veteran served in the Korean War, the other in Vietnam. The council’s news release did not identify them.

Council chairman Eugene “Pat” Phillips says the service will be at 11 a.m. Friday at the Southeast Louisiana Veteran’s Cemetery in Slidell. He says both were cremated and their urns will be placed in the cemetery’s columbarium.

The advisory council says its members got in touch with coroners and funeral homes to offer a resting place for unclaimed veterans.

Several veteran and military organizations will participate in the tribute.

Phillips, a retired Marine Corps major, encourages the public to attend.