New York State Funeral Directors Association

Veterans, funeral directors and the Patriot Guard Riders of NY welcomed one of New York’s long-lost heroes back home in July 2015, ending a decades-long wait with salutes and patriotic gratitude.

Army Air Force Lt. Edward F. Barker, a WWII pilot, was only 20 years old in 1944 when his plane crashed into a mountainside in Papua New Guinea.

Underwater image of remains of a shipwreck

Funerals for veterans are emotional, symbolic and heartfelt.

They serve not only to memorialize those who sacrificed their lives but also as an expression of a society’s love for those who give their all for their country.

There’s a lot more to do -- we’re about 100 years late in recognizing hundreds and thousands of veterans worldwide who never had a funeral, much less a recognized final resting place.

With tree-lined streets, breathtaking views of ocean coastline and majestic mountains, it doesn’t surprise me the population of New Zealand has been growing steadily over the past several decades.

Video: Slaves No More

New York's Capital Region honors, re-buries Colonial-era slaves. Found by accident in an unmarked cemetery, scientists pinpointed their African origin and the community held a wake and funeral.

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