A ceremony has once again taken place at Camp Butler National Cemetery giving war veterans who have passed away the military honors they previously missed for whatever reason.

Twenty-one fallen military members were honored during the "Unaccompanied Veterans" ceremony. Paul Lagrange is the cemetery's director.

"All the veterans we named here, they all served their country with honor," says Lagrange.  "It's very important that we render honors to all the veterans that have served -- give the final respect that they deserve."

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Lagrange says the ceremony can be emotional.  "In a lot of cases, we buried their loved one several months ago, but they go through all the same emotions again of grieving, and just the emotion of looking back and reflecting on that person's life and their service to their country," says Lagrange.

The ceremony is usually open to the public -- a fact not lost on retired Sangamon County Circuit Clerk and veteran Tony Libri.

"You being here today is a very patriotic gesture," says Libri.  "For you to make this gesture, and to devote your time today, shows that you care."

The ceremony is held twice yearly. The next one will be April 6th.


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