A final farewell to a proper resting place for the ‘unforgotten’

PORT ORCHARD — Robert McIntosch II, Wallace Curry, Raymond Capps, Harrison Syler, Edna Louise Taylor and William Michael Taylor — their names haven’t been forgotten by veterans, friends and others who knew them. But their earthly remains, through not fault of their own, were never claimed by relatives, nor had an estate to determine where they should be laid to rest.

Some of the cremated remains have waited months, even years, with the Kitsap County Coroner’s office in wait for a final resting place

But now, the remains of these U.S. Army, Air Force and Marine Corps soldiers have a place to rest in eternity, to be taken there with a proper departure ceremony signifying the nation’s thanks for their military service.

A collection of veterans and service men and women came together May 27 in front of the Kitsap County Administration Building in Port Orchard for the eighth celebration of life ceremony, The Unforgotten Run to Tahoma. Many of those at the somber event had arrived via motorcycle and, after the ceremony, lined up by the dozens to escort the service members’ remains to Tahoma National Cemetary in Covington.

Harry Gilger, chair of the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board, and Charlotte Garrido, chair of the Kitsap Board of County Commissioners, welcomed the gathering on a sunny, warm morning on county grounds. Mae Sharpe, minister of music for Emmanuel Apostolic Church, sang moving renditions of “The Star-Spangled Banner,” “Hallelujah” and “Amazing Grace” before the motorcade began its slow journey to Tahoma National Cemetary.

“We’re gathered her to honor the service of these individuals,” Gilger said in his eulogy.

“They served their country when called upon, dedicating their lives to serve and protect us. They deserve our respect and honor as this ceremony continues. Thank you, veterans Capps, Curry, McIntosch, Syler, and Edna and William Taylor.”

Jack Leininger trumpets the mournful “Taps,” which was followed by a response across the street from the ceremony. Photo: Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News

Following her rendition of “Amazing Grace,” Willie Mae Sharpe receives a hug from Charlotte Garrido, Kitsap County commissioner. Garrido gave welcoming remarks at the start of the event. Photo: Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News

Veterans on motorcycles begin the long journey from the Kitsap County Administration Building in Port Orchard to Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington as part of the Unforgotten Run to Tahoma VIII event May 27. Photo: Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News

Veterans on motorcycles begin the long journey from the Kitsap County Administration Building in Port Orchard to Tahoma National Cemetery in Covington as part of the Unforgotten Run to Tahoma VIII event May 27. Photo: Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News

A soldier’s remains are carried to a military farewell for its procession to Tahoma National Cemetery. Photo: Bob Smith | Kitsap Daily News

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