2014-03-27 / Community
Homeless veteran is laid to rest
About 100 people attended the March 20 service in the Garden of Valor at the memorial park.
The service was provided by the Dignity Memorial Homeless Veterans Burial Program, which is dedicated to honoring homeless and indigent veterans with a military funeral.
“Today there are more than 150,000 homeless veterans in the U.S.” said Chester Perry, operations manager of Pierce Brothers. “We’re honored to give this veteran the dignified military service he deserves.”
The ceremony included a message by the Rev. Craig Beeker, pastor of New Hope Lutheran Church in Agoura Hills, and opening and closing prayers by the Rev. Bruce Kitabjian, pastor of Grace Bible Baptist Church in Newbury Park.
The ceremony included the placing of a wreath, the Patriot Guard and a bagpiper playing “Amazing Grace.”
A private burial took place at Riverside National Cemetery.