Free wooden urns available for veterans’ cremains

Published 2:37 pm Thursday, December 24, 2015

North Carolina Woodworkers Association furnishes a free wooden urn for cremains that are to be buried in a state or national veterans cemetery in North Carolina, American Legion Post 182 in Columbia recently notified its members.

“When it was learned that many veterans’ cremains were being interred in cardboard boxes or other even less honorable containers in North Carolina veterans cemeteries, members of banded together to make and provide, free of charge, wooden burial urns,” the woodworkers news release stated.

“Families of veterans who arrive at any of our North Carolina state or national veterans cemeteries, bringing the cremains of a veteran for interment there, need only ask the cemetery office prior to the time of interment, and a burial urn will be provided, free of charge, for your veteran’s cremains. The cemetery staff may assist you in placing the ashes in the urn,” the release explained. members are proud to be able to provide this final act of respect and honor to those men and women who have so selflessly served our great nation to preserve our freedom.”

Participating veterans cemeteries include the national cemeteries in New Bern, Raleigh, Salisbury and Wilmington and the state cemeteries in Black Mountain, Goldsboro, Jacksonville and Spring Lake.