63 years later Korean War veteran finally laid to rest - WSLS 10 NBC in Roanoke/Lynchburg Va

63 years later Korean War veteran finally laid to rest

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As taps echoed through the cemetery, a family is now at rest after sixty three years of waiting for their son and brother to come home.

"I don't have enough words to describe how beautiful today is," sister Patricia Goff said during the ceremony.

Lynchburg native Sergeant Charles Scott was lost in 1950 during the Korean war.

He was killed during battle, but his body was never identified, or even returned to his family, until now thanks to a positive DNA match after his identification was stripped.

Thursday he was buried in Fort Hill Memorial Park, just a short drive away from family.

He was buried with full military honors. His casket cloaked in the flag he fought and died for and presented to his mother and sister. The two were surrounded by more than one hundred veterans who bowed their heads in prayer and in respect for a fallen brother.

Just on the hillside above his now permanent grave, a twenty one gun salute laid him to rest.

Peace not only comes to the Scott family but to a family of a different kind. Many Korean war veterans who may not have known him but still look upon Sergeant Charles Scott as a brother.

Commander L. Timothy Whitmore of the Korean War veteran association says the feeling is indescribable.

"To have one of our brothers come home and be honored so, it just lifts everyone's sprits. So it means a great deal to me," Whitmore said.

Brothers, who in tears paid respects to a mother who lost her only son.

"God Bless you," one  Korean war vet said as he shook the hand of the family.

For some, Thursdays service gives them hope for a homecoming once thought impossible.

"It means everything to find these guys and identify their remains and bring them home and put them to rest where they belong," Korean War veteran Bill Britt said. " I hope they go on and find more of them."

While today was a day for closure, the Scott's say it's also a day when they can start looking forward.

"For everyone who has come here to honor my brother I thank you from the bottom of my heart, " Goff said. "It is so uplifting to see so many honor one small soldier."

A soldier whom so many fought for to bring back home.

Memorial contributions may be sent to The Korean War Project Membership Drive, P.O. Box 180190, Dallas TX 75218.

Tharp Funeral Home and Crematory, Lynchburg (434-237-9424) is assisting the family.

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