Local riders take part in the transfer of a Civil War Veteran
Local riders take part in transfer of Civil War veteran
RAPID CITY, S.D. -
For the American Legion and Patriot Guard Riders, the phrase "fallen, but not forgotten," holds real meaning. After the remains of a Civil War veteran was found in the basement of an old asylum in Oregon, a mission began to return him home.
Jewett Williams, a member of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment, will finally be properly laid to rest. Patriot Guard Riders have been traveling state to state on an escort mission to get Williams back to Maine.
On August 4, the American Legion Post 22, Patriot Guard, and Golden Knight members escorted Williams from Rapid City to Sioux City, IA. The journey to Maine will continue from there. Williams' remains are scheduled to arrive on August 22 and will be buried with military honors at the Togus National Cemetery on September 17. Williams will be buried alongside five other veterans from the 20th of Maine.