Veteran to Get Proper Burial After 11 Years 

A veteran from Bangor who died in 1998 is finally getting the burial he deserves, thanks to the “Missing in America” project.The organization coordinates burials for the unclaimed remains of veterans across the country.Veteran Joseph Poirier’s cremated remains have sat unclaimed at Brookings & Smith Funeral Home since his death in 1998.No one ever claimed the urn.On Tuesday, Funeral Director James Fernald will bring the urn to the Maine Veteran’s Cemetery in Augusta so Poirier can finally have a proper burial.The Honor Guard and Patriot Guard Riders will be in attendance for the ceremony. “Here at Brookings & Smith, we have over 50 urns of people that have never been picked up by their loved ones and this gives us an opportunity to place them in a cemetery with dignity, a gravemarker and what a veteran with honor should receive.”Poirier was also a custodian at Bangor High School for several years.His burial service will be held Tuesday at 1 p.m. at the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta.The public is welcome to attend.