- Associated Press - Sunday, June 26, 2016

LAKE WORTH, Fla. (AP) - A new Memorial Wall at South Florida National Cemetery honors U.S. troops whose remains were never found, buried at sea or never returned to their loved ones.

The Sun Sentinel reports (https://bit.ly/28UGFfk ) that Seaman 1st Class Melvin Journey Jr. was among the first to be honored when the Memorial Wall opened in Lake Worth this month.

Journey was 18 years old when his ship was torpedoed during World War II. His brother-in-law says Journey’s sister longed for a grave where she could lay flowers and pray.

The cemetery opened in 2007. Director Kirk Leopard says the Memorial Wall is “the equivalent of a gravesite” for people who needed one.

Leopard says new cemeteries for veterans routinely have similar walls. A second wall is included in plans for the Lake Worth cemetery’s expansion.


Information from: Sun Sentinel , https://www.sun-sentinel.com/

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