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Connecticut to honor 4 veterans in military funeral ceremony


MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (WTNH) — The Connecticut Department of Veterans Affairs (DVA) and Connecticut Funeral Directors Association (CFDA) are holding a military funeral ceremony to honor four United States veterans’ unclaimed, cremated remains.

The ceremony will be held on Thursday, October 3rd at the Connecticut State Veterans Cemetery, located at 317 Bow Lane, Middletown. Services begin at 10 a.m.

The four veterans to be honored at the military funeral are:

  • Melvin William Kaulfers, U.S. Navy/WWII, Aug. 17, 1926 – Nov. 30, 2016, who died in Collinsville.
  • Bertram Aulton Lascelles, U.S. Army/WWI, June 24, 1888 – Oct. 8, 1959, who died in Waterbury.
  • Edward Douglas Rudderow, MD, U.S. Army/WWI, Dec. 27, 1871 – Nov. 15, 1959, who died in Stamford.
  • Frederick William Walters, U.S. Army-9th Signal Corp./Spanish-American War, Jan. 25, 1874 – Nov. 25, 1955, who died in Waterbury.

The Department of Veterans Affairs and Funeral Directors Association have worked to identify these veterans and during the past decade have held six services like this one. “These men were not forgotten,” said John Cascio, Executive Director of the Connecticut Funeral Directors Association. “It’s a dignified ceremony.”

“These remains went unclaimed, and while these individuals passed away without family and friends around them and their remains were unclaimed for decades, they do have an extended family — The veterans community of Connecticut and the people of Connecticut,” said Veterans Affairs commissioner Thomas Saadi.

Officials said the public is invited to attend.

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