Ceremony held during indigent burial in King County
Oct. 18, 2017
RENTON, Wash. (AP) — The names of 180 people who died in King Co. but whose families either could not be found or could not afford a burial were read aloud at a ceremony at Mt. Olivet Cemetery in Renton.
The Individual cremated remains were catalogued and buried Wednesday under a flat headstone that read "October 2017" and the phrase "Gone but not forgotten, these people of King County."
A bagpiper played to open the service and law enforcement and fire department representatives stood sentry next to a memorial wreath. Several dozen people attended, even as rain fell outside a shelter above the grave.
The service was organized by the King County Indigent Remains program and the King County Medical Examiner's office.