UNFORGOTTEN, Run to Tahoma VIII, Celebration of Life Ceremony
The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma VIII, was held
on Saturday, May 27, 2017 of Memorial Day weekend, at 9:45 a.m., at the Outdoor
Plaza, Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division
Street, Port Orchard, WA. Click
here for more information.
This year's Run to Tahoma was featured on KOMO-TV news and may
be viewed at:
http://komonews.com/news/videos/unforgotten . Thank you to
all the volunteers and organizations that helped with the event
and to all those who rode in the processional to Tahoma.
annual event is sponsored by the Kitsap County Board of
Commissioners, the Kitsap County Coroner's Office, the Kitsap
County Veterans Advisory Board, and Combat Veterans
For additional information, contact Andrew Sargent,
Veteran Assistance Program Coordinator, 360-337-4811
Origins of The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma
In 2008, Mike Carroll, a founding member of the Kitsap
County Veterans Advisory Board, read an article about the
abandoned remains of deceased veterans at a funeral home in
Missouri. Carroll contacted veterans advisory board staff
to see if the Kitsap County Coroner's Office had any unclaimed
remains. The coroner had six unclaimed veteran remains.
The weather was cold and rainy on October 2, 2008 when a small
group of representatives from the Veterans Advisory Board,
Combat Veterans International, and Kitsap communities received
the remains of the six unclaimed veterans in the care of the
county coroner and escorted them to Tahoma National Cemetery for
the first Run to Tahoma.
The next event occurred on Saturday, Memorial Day Weekend in
2011, and became known as The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma II.
At their June 2011 meeting, the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory
Board passed a motion that the ceremony would only occur when
there was at least one unclaimed veteran in the care of the
Since 2011, The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma has occurred every
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