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Twenty fallen and forgotten veterans are buried with military honors in Calverton, N.Y.

They served during times of war and peace from 1940 through the 1970s. Over time they’d fallen on hard times, eventually becoming part of New York City’s homeless population. When they died, their remains went unclaimed.

Several groups came together Saturday morning to provide the veterans with the tribute they deserve.

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A military honor guard folds the American flag that draped one of the 20 U.S. military veterans' caskets whose remains were unclaimed during their burial ceremony at Calverton National Cemetery, Jan. 8, 2011, in Calverton, N.Y. The ceremony, sponsored by the Dignity Memorial network, has provided services for more than 850 veterans since its inception in 2000.

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Veterans stand at attention during the burial ceremony.

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The casket of one of the U.S. military veterans whose remains were unclaimed is seen inside a hearse during their burial ceremony.