MOAA Members Attend Missing In America Project Observance

Photo by David R. Bull

David R. Bull, LTJG, USNR, FMR, Membership Chairman and 2nd VP

On the morning of Oct. 8, representatives of the Catalina Mountains Chapter (CMC) of the Military Officers Association of America (MOAA), attended the “Final Internment with Military Honors for 18 Unclaimed Veterans” at the Arizona Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery at Marana. This observance was sponsored by the Missing In America Project (MIAP).

The name of each deceased veteran was read to the ringing of the cemetery’s bell. Flags representing each uniformed service were flown. Taps was played, there was a flag-folding ceremony, and flag presentation. American Legion Post 132/USMC Honor Guard performed, including a 21-gun salute. The guest speaker was Joe Larson, administrative officer of the Arizona Department of Veterans’ Services.

The purpose of the MIAP is to locate, identify, and inter the unclaimed cremated remains of American veterans through the joint efforts of private, state, and federal organizations. It provides honor and respect to those who have served this country by securing a final resting place for these forgotten heroes. Their motto: “You are not forgotten.” The cremains of 5,647 veterans have been interred to date across the nation.

Representing CMC were Col Bill Nagy, USA, Ret.; LTJG David Bull, USNR, Fmr.; and Karen Lingelbach. MOAA is a nonprofit veterans association dedicated to maintaining a strong national defense and preserving the earned entitlements of members of the uniformed services and their families and survivors.

The Catalina Mountains Chapter encompasses Northwest Tucson, including Catalina, Oracle, San Manuel, parts of Oro Valley and Marana, SaddleBrooke, SaddleBrooke Ranch, and Sun City. For additional information about CMC, contact Chapter President CAPT Chuck Vaughan at [email protected] or 505-553-4364. For those interested in joining CMC, contact Membership Chair/2nd VP LTJG David Bull at [email protected] or 520-825-0604.