PASCO -- For the families of veterans in Benton and Franklin counties, Wednesday will be a day of remembrance.
The Washington Army National Guard Honor Guard will salute 52 veterans in the two counties who died from 2009-11 during a ceremony of Military Funeral Honors at 1 p.m. in the veterans' section of City View Cemetery in Pasco.
The ceremony is to recognize the sacrifice of those veterans who -- either because their family did not know they were eligible or because there was no service -- were laid to rest without military honors.
The Honor Guard has been holding these Veterans Memorial Tribute Programs since Congress passed a statute in 2000 saying all eligible military veterans, who were discharged honorably, were due honors during their funeral services.
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"This can be either the presentation of a folded American flag and taps played or, for those killed overseas in action, the addition of an honorable transfer of their remains and a rifle salute," said Pfc. Marco Cerda of the Army National Guard and a member of Washington's Honor Guard.
On Wednesday, the Honor Guard, with the support of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and American Legion, will read the names of the veterans.
"As each name is read we'll have a ceremonial ringing of a bell and a moment of silence to honor them," he said.
The ceremony is for veterans from all branches of the military who lived in Benton and Franklin counties.
"We have a list of names from the state and are inviting their family and friends to come and help us recognize their service," he said.
Family members or friends who attend will be presented with a flag from the Honor Guard.
Those being honored are: Richard E. Foster, David L. Carroll, Gordon A. Halseth, Richard T. Borneman, Kenneth H. Towle Jr., Thomas L. Stacy, Arthur Dever Jr., Hubert C. Davis, John W. Parks, Robert A. Butler.
Jack S. Holbrook, Richard M. Eubank, Orlin A. Stuhlmiller, Stanley L. Perry, William T. Hall, Lauffer E. Gillman, Charles V. Stout, Arthur S. McKay, Lawrence P. Morgan, Mary E. Gerlach, Charles A. McGee, Juan C. Gutierrez, Buell L. Pritchett.
John S. Shepherd III, Roy H. Morrison, Kenneth R. Jackson, Joseph R. Kimberlin, John A. Dodge Sr., John B. Little, Charles M. Halstead, Keith E. Stonecypher, Gary D. Combs, Donald W. Hewett Sr., Robert W. Baldwin.
Donald L. Gay, Phillip M. Hand, Claude S. Smith, William R. Wagner, John F. Perry, Danny C. Hensley, Henry H. Hammerberg, Merlyn H. Krueger, Newell H. Smith, David D. Meyer, Myron K. Bayless, Zack Phifer, Helena W. Hoffman, Truman G. Gaddis, John F. Conley, Michael R. Peterson, Stanley M. Wirtz, Earl D. Riley Jr.
The cemetery is off Oregon Street near the interchange of highways 395 and 12.