|| May 16, 2014
|| Jim Mckenna, Program Coordinator,
Veterans Advisory Board
Leif Bentsen, Volunteer, Deceased Veterans Liaison, Kitsap County
Memorial Day weekend Celebration of Life Ceremony
for unclaimed deceased veterans moves to Port Orchard
(Port Orchard, WA)
One unclaimed, deceased veteran and five other deceased veterans will be
honored with words and music at The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma V celebration
of life ceremony on Saturday, May 24, 2014, Memorial Day Weekend, at the
Kitsap County Administration Building in Port Orchard. Following the
ceremony, the departed veterans will be escorted to Tahoma National Cemetery
near Kent, Washington.
The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma ceremony is sponsored by the Kitsap Board of
County Commissioners, the Kitsap County Coroner's Office, the Kitsap County
Veterans Advisory Board, and Combat Veterans International.
In the past the ceremony was held at the County Coroner's Office in West
Bremerton. Due to the popularity of the event and the lack of parking, the
ceremony has been moved to the plaza of the County Administration Building
in Port Orchard, which has ample parking nearby.
The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma only occurs when the County Coroner has the
remains of at least one unclaimed, deceased veteran in his care.
This year, that veteran is Walter L. Brown, who served briefly in the US
Army during the mid 1950s.
He will be joined by five other veterans submitted by family members or
- Michael F. Shaughnessy
- Norman N. Holgate
- Robert J. Brown
- Frederick L. Hughes
- Kenneth D. Hughes
All five are Navy veterans. Three served in Viet Nam, one in Korea.
Walter and Robert Brown are not related, however Robert is well-known
locally for his role playing of Abraham Lincoln. Frederick and Kenneth
Hughes are brothers. Kenneth was also a retired assistant chief of the
Bremerton Fire Department.
The ceremony includes a prelude of classical and popular music played by
the Duncan Creek String Quartet. The Marine Security Battalion and Navy IMF
personnel from Bangor are providing color and honor guards, respectfully.
Specialist James Knickerbocker,133rd US Army National Guard Band, will sing
the National Anthem and Leonard Cohen's Hallelujah. Melinda Hughes, daughter
of Kenneth Hughes, will sing Amazing Grace. The Salish Anthem (Chief Dan
George Prayer Song) will be sung by Nigel Lawrence of the Suquamish Tribal
Following the ceremony, there will be a short break prior to departure to
Tahoma National Cemetery. The departed will be carried in a vehicle donated
by West Sound Auto Plex.
The Run to Tahoma cortège will be guided by Elite Motor Escort, Inc. under
the auspices of Combat Veterans International. Those who join the funeral
procession are responsible for their own liability in case of accident or
For more information, contact Jim McKenna, Kitsap County’s veteran program
coordinator, 360.337.4767 or Leif Bentsen, deceased veteran’s liaison for
the Coroner's Office, at Lbentsen@co.kitsap.wa.us.
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