- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 14, 2016

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A Flag Day ceremony is being held at an Albany-area cemetery to honor more than two dozen war veterans who were buried in unmarked graves decades ago.

Albany Diocesean Cemeteries historian Kelly Grimaldi spent six years researching the military service of 27 veterans who are buried in unmarked graves at St. Agnes Cemetery in suburban Menands.

The project started when a man in Ireland emailed the diocese seeking information on an uncle.

The uncle’s unmarked grave was found in the veterans’ plot at St. Agnes. After a Veterans Affairs marker was provided for his grave in 2008, Grimaldi decided to apply for VA grave markers for 27 other veterans buried in nearby unmarked graves. The project was completed this year.

One veteran served in the Spanish-American War, the others were in the world wars.

A ceremony with full military honors will be held at the cemetery Tuesday.

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This story has been corrected to correct historian’s role in first grave marker project.


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