How and why their families and the rest of American society abandoned the cremated remains of these seven men is a mystery.
But the remains will be accompanied on the 73 miles trip from the Rochester suburb of Henrietta to Bath National Cemetery in New York’s Southern Tier by a contingent of the Patriot Guard Riders of New York
Patriot Guard members will meet at 9:00 AM on Friday September 6th at the Ely Fagan American Legion Post 1151, located at 260 Middle Road in Henrietta.
At 10:00 AM, the remains and the Patriot Guard escort will leave the American Legion Post and proceed to Interstate Highway I-390 south with a police escort.
The motorcade will travel south on I-390 for about 30 miles. Then they will get off I-390 at Exit 7, NY-63/Mt Morris/Letchworth Park. From that point they will travel to the Livingston County Highway Department facility located at 4389 Gypsy Lane in Mt Morris, where they will meet the motorcade escorting the remains from Buffalo.
The joint escort will then proceed south on Route 36 through the villages of Mt Morris and Dansville, where they will get back on I-390 for the final leg of the journey to Bath National Cemetery.
At the Bath National Cemetery there will by a dignified burial service with a full military honor guard.
The veterans being buried are:
- Army Private Joseph Gunth
- Navy Lieutenant Robert A. Lehme
- Army Staff Sergeant Robert O. Willsey
- Army Corporal Irving R. Markowitz
- Army Staff Sergeant Samuel R. Panato
- Army Captain George L. Hirvonen
- Air Force Airman 2nd Class David Zoeller
Thanks to the Patriot Guard Riders, these forgotten Veterans are forgotten no longer.
Please join the Patriot Guard Riders, if you can, to help pay tribute to these American heroes. Help us complete the promise that our country made to them so long ago.