SUPERIOR, WI (WTAQ) - Six veterans will finally be buried in Superior on Saturday.
Their remains have been stored for many years at funeral homes in the area, because they either had no surviving relatives, or their families could not afford to bury them.
Joe Penney of Superior started the effort. He said a friend died 11 years ago, but was never given a proper burial. And Penney learned that 5 other Douglas County veterans never had military funerals, either – so that’s when he started a fund drive to bury all six vets.
About 125 people and businesses donated almost $5,000. And there was enough left over to pre-pay for burial for future veterans whose families are either in need, or are no longer around.
Penney’s friend and the other 5 veterans will get full military honors during their services on Saturday at Greenwood Cemetery in Superior.
Markers are not available yet – but they’ll be set in time for next year’s Memorial Day.