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Fallen Veterans Tombstones Are Shipped To Their Rightful Resting Places

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December 15, 2010 - Allied Van Lines one of the world’s largest moving companies has helped bring three tombstones made for fallen soldiers back to their rightful resting places.

In September of this year, 13 tombstones were found in an abandoned home in Omaha, Nebraska.  

After an investigation, it was discovered that they were created for fallen WWII soldiers. After calling family members of the deceased it was confirmed that the tombstones were ordered, but had never arrived.

 

After hearing about this, local VFW commander, Bill O’Donnell, reached out to Al Scharfenkamp of Ford Brothers Moving and Storage, an Allied agent based out of Omaha, Nebraska. Al immediately agreed to help find a way to ship the tombstones to Knoxville, Tenn.

With the help of Mike Bibb, from Allied’s corporate headquarters, they located Bob and Jill King, owner operators with American Van Service in Spokane, Washington, who agreed to donate their time to drive the tombstones back to Tennessee. 

“It wasn’t a matter of if we were going to help ship the tombstones back, it was a matter of how,” said Scharfenkamp. “I knew we had the right driver when King said he had goose bumps thinking about the opportunity.” 

On Wednesday, December 1, the VFW hosted a flag-folding ceremony in Omaha, Nebraska before the tombstones were loaded onto the King’s moving truck. The Kings made the trip to Knoxville, Tenn. where Knoxville VFW members, families of the fallen soldiers and a local Allied agent, Carey Moving and Storage of Knoxville, greeted them. 

“When we arrived, we were overwhelmed by the crowd of people who had come to pay tribute to these soldiers and their families,” said Jill King. “When we unloaded the tombstones, the local VFW honor guards saluted the stones and presented the families with an American flag.” 

After the ceremony, the Kings ensured the tombstones were taken to their final destination at the Edgewood Cemetery. “Everyone was so hospitable and grateful when we arrived,” said Bob King. “We got so much more out of the trip than anyone can imagine. To see the families and meet them, it was an experience of such great magnitude; I’m at a loss for words.”
 
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