Run to Tahoma won’t take place in 2019

The Unforgotten, Run to Tahoma Celebration of Life Ceremony usually takes place on Memorial Day weekend to honor and escort the unclaimed remains of deceased veterans to the Tahoma National Cemetery. This year, for the first time since 2011 when the event began, the Kitsap County Coroner’s Office reports there are no unclaimed remains so sponsoring organizations, the Kitsap County Veterans Advisory Board and Combat Veterans International, announced the annual Run To Tahoma will not take place.

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THE UNFORGOTTEN, Run to Tahoma
Celebration of Life Ceremony

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 VIII Celebration of Life Ceremony on Memorial Day weekend. The event begins at the Kitsap County Administration Building, 614 Division Street, Port Orchard, WA 98366 at 9:45 a.m.

Join us in honoring with word and song the lives of departed veterans as we receive their remains from the county coroner and escort them to Tahoma National Cemetery. If you have any questions, contact Andrew Sargent at 360-337-4811 or asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us

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

Contact Us
Andrew Sargent,
Veteran's Coordinator
360-337-4811
asargent@co.kitsap.wa.us


Hannah Shockley, Supervisor
Department of Human Services
360-337-7185 x 3530
hshockle@co.kitsap.wa.us

FAX: 360-337-5721

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