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Veterans procession travels through Petaluma

The remains of 35 military veterans that had been unclaimed for decades in some cases were being escorted Monday from Santa Rosa to Dixon for long-delayed military burials.

Among the cremated remains are those of eight men who served in World War I.

A brief ceremony was held at the Santa Rosa Memorial Park at 11 a.m. before a hearse began the 75-mile drive to the Sacramento Valley National Cemetery. The motorcade included 111 motorcyclists from law enforcement, the Missing in America Project and the American Legion Riders.

In a brief ceremony, Sonoma County Supervisor Shirlee Zane said, "One of the tragedies of this is that you have people who dedicated their lives and never got the recognition they deserved."

"In America, we take a lot of our freedoms for granted, but without a strong military to protect us, we wouldn't have these freedoms," she said.

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