28 'lost' veterans buried at Long Island National Cemetery

A total of 28 so-called abandoned veterans were buried Tuesday at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale. Two of the veterans date back to the

John Caldarelli, head volunteer for the Missing in America Project in New York, has pledged to give unclaimed veterans the proper military burial they deserve.

John Caldarelli, head volunteer for the Missing in America Project in New York, has pledged to give unclaimed veterans the proper military burial they deserve. (9/27/16)

FARMINGDALE - A total of 28 so-called abandoned veterans were buried Tuesday at Long Island National Cemetery in Farmingdale Tuesday.

Two of the veterans date back to the Spanish-American War of 1898.

John Caldarelli, head volunteer for the Missing in America Project in New York, has pledged to give unclaimed veterans the proper military burial they deserve.

"The government made a covenant with these veterans that they would be shown respect and honor and dignity," says Caldarelli. "They are the faces of our history, our freedom, who somehow got lost along the way."

Caldarelli says the project has helped bury more than 3,000 people across the country, many of them homeless and alone.

The service in Farmingdale brought closure for Richard Hahn, who never knew what happened to his father's remains after he died in 1946. Capt. Maurice Hahn served in both world wars.

"It's an incredible development. It's really a closure of many years of uncertainty and not knowing," he told News 12 Long Island.

More on this topic

Missing In America Project

More information

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Top 5 Must See

Police say they found a man dead inside 1 Police: Man found dead inside Farmingville home
Long Island Boat Show being held at Grumman 2 LI's largest boat show this weekend in Bethpage
Children can hangout with the Easter Bunny in 3 Storybook Experiences with the Easter Bunny
The Senate voted to kill Obama-era online privacy 4 Senate votes to kill privacy rules guarding your online info
Nassau Police say a Hempstead man has been 5 Police: Man arrested for sex assault of child, stabbing 2 women

advertisement | advertise on News 12

Features

Each week, News 12's Doug Geed explores the Check out fun things to do on the East End!

Explore the Twin Forks with News 12's Doug Geed.

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Dog Day Fridays Series

Each week a different shelter visits News 12 Long Island with pets up for adoption.

News 12 digs deep to find Long Island's Discover Long Island's Hidden Past

News 12's Danielle Campbell digs into Long Island's roots.

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long On The Spot

News 12's Lily Stolzberg sees how much Long Islanders know about everything and anything.

Sorry to interrupt...

Your first 5 are free

Access to News12 is free for Optimum, Comcast®, Time Warner® and Service Electric℠ video customers.

Please enjoy 5 complimentary views to articles, photos, and videos during the next 30 days.

LOGIN SUBSCRIBE