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Remains of four buffalo military veterans finally to be buried with honors

The Patriot Guard Riders will lead a procession from Buffalo to the National Cemetery at Bath for the interment of the remains of four Buffalo veterans beginning at 8 a.m. Friday.

An interment ceremony will take place at the Steuben County resting place at 1 p.m. that day.

The cremated remains of the four veterans were among others discovered last January in the charred rubble of the burned-out United Memorial & Moss Funeral Home at 3272 Bailey Ave., just before it was slated for demolition.

The funeral home, known for serving Buffalo’s African-American community, was destroyed in a wind-fed fire on Jan. 1, 2011. At that time fire officials reported that there were no remains in the funeral home.

Accompanying the Patriot Guard procession are representatives of Jessie Clipper Post 430, American Legion, under the command of the Rev. Eugene Pierce and the Buffalo Branch of the NAACP Veterans Affairs Committee headed by Henry Curtis III.

The Bath ceremonies will mark the interments of:

• Clarence Leonard Hodges, a U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

• Ernest Jackson, Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.

• Kenneth Roberson Hampton, Air Force veteran of the Korean War.

• Robert Edward, Army veteran of World War II.

Surviving family members of the four veterans who have not been advised of the upcoming ceremonies can get more information by contacting Pierce at (716) 668-8424 or Curtis at (716) 884-7242.

email: mgryta@buffnews.dcom

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