RADCLIFF, KY (WAVE) - A long overdue final salute and honorable farewell was given to three men who served their country Wednesday.
The remains of World War II veterans, Russell Phillips and Charles Smith were rescued from abandonment.
Fellow soldiers and patriot guard riders stepped in as family during the ceremony at Kentucky Veterans Cemetery.
"I've never met the guys before, but they are brothers," USA Brotherhood of Tankers member, Dion Walker said.
Since 2006 the Missing in America Project has organized the burials of more than 1,700 veterans nationwide.
"They just fall through the cracks somehow and end up in potter's field with no marker or anything," the group's regional director, Dale LaMond said.
Others, like the Kerr family needed the group's help to prove their father served in the Korean War, earning this resting place after joining the Air Force at 17.
"He was the strongest man I've ever known," Kathy Kerr said of her father.
"One of the soldiers said that this was a gift from the president and that's just what it feels, just like that," his son, Tony Kerr said. He said his father would be thankful for being buried here.
The ceremony gave the Kerrs closure and showed them just how much their father's service means to others.
"This is so overwhelming and so beautiful, so beautiful," Kathy said.
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