‘You’re not alone’: Central Florida fallen veterans honored during ‘final mile’ ceremony

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A “final mile” ceremony was conducted for two local veterans this week at the Orlando VA Medical Center in Lake Nona.

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The “final mile” ceremony happens when a fallen veteran has not been claimed by their family.

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Law enforcement, along with the combat veterans motorcycle association, led the escort.

Photos: Central Florida fallen veterans honored during ‘final mile’ ceremony

Organizers said the “final mile” ceremony is a way to make sure the veterans receive the final salute and honor they deserve.

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“You matter to us, you matter to our country,” said organizer Craig Daughtery. “You have made a difference; we are here to let you know you’re not alone in these final moments. We stand with you, we remember you.”

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The fallen veterans have since been taken to the Florida National Cemetery in Bushnell, where they will be laid to rest.

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