The Stars and Stripes will be raised over Pacific View Memorial Chapel to the sound of “Taps” this Friday, May 25, as the graves of two World War II veterans receive their rightful dedication after a 20-year delay.
Pacific View mortician Guinevere Crispin said the ceremony came about thanks to a sharp-eyed group of cub scouts from Lincoln City’s Troop 47. The scouts had visited the cemetery to place flags on veterans’ graves, checking names against a printout provided by Pacific View. When they had finished, the troop noticed that the graves of two World War II army veterans, Samuel Chorneau and Elbert Mather, were unmarked.
“I pulled their files from the early’ 90s,” Crispin said. “From there, I tried to track down the next of kin, which was really difficult, after 20-plus years.”
After receiving consent from next of kin, Crispin requested grave markers from VA, only to find another obstacle. While the VA provides grave markers, it does not pay the installation fee to have them placed in private cemeteries like Pacific View.
To the rescue came Retired Marine Corporal Nicholas Carton of Neskowin, who heard about the predicament and donated the installation fee.
Two members of the Army Honor Guard will attend Friday’s ceremony, which starts at 11 am at Pacific View Memorial Chapel, 2164 NE East Devils Lake Road. All are welcome.
Crispin said she is thrilled that members of Troop 47 will be at the event to see the results of their efforts.
“I want the cub scouts to see the value of our benefits as a veteran,” she said. “I want them to see our active duty soldiers raise the flag and play ‘Taps’ and say to them ‘you made that happen.’”