Celebration of Life Ceremony

**2023 Ceremony Update**

The Unforgotten—Run to Tahoma XII will occur on Memorial Day Weekend at the Kitsap County Administration Building, 619 Division Street, Port Orchard at 10:00 a.m. on May 27, 2023. 

The Kitsap County Advisory Board, with several other veterans groups are working to transport the remains of three individuals identified as unclaimed veterans to Tahoma National Cemetery following the celebration of life ceremony. 


Each year, the Kitsap County Board of Commissioners, Kitsap County Coroner's Office, Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board and Combat Veterans International host The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma Celebration of Life Ceremony on Memorial Day weekend. Please visit this page for updates on the ceremony this year. 

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 county coroner. 

Recording of the 2015 Run to Tahoma:

2015 Documentary

Kitsap County News

Memorial Day May 27, 2023 at 10:00 a.m.

Directions to the Tahoma National Cemetery-printable
Run to Tahoma flyer
Map of the route to Tahoma 

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Rick Becker, Program Coordinator
(360) 337-4811

Sonya Miles, Deputy Director
(360) 337-4839

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