Florida craftsmen make urns to preserve remains of indigent veterans with dignity

LAND O’LAKES, Fla. (AP) — Woodworkers in Florida are making urns to ensure that the remains of indigent veterans are preserved with dignity.

The Veterans Urn Project is a collaboration by the Woodcrafters Club of Tampa, the Woodcrafters Club of St. Petersburg and the AMVETS Post 9 in Odessa, Fla.

The urns are made from donated wood. Each is inscribed with a military emblem. They’re sent free of charge around the country.

The project got its start last year when news reports surfaced about a former soldier buried at the Florida National Cemetery in a cardboard box. Tom Jones, the president of the Woodcrafters Club of Tampa, says that news made him think about using his wood-carving talents in a different way.

Jones tells The Tampa Tribune (http://bit.ly/129RLpG ) that he hopes to enlist more woodworkers nationwide.

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Online:

Veterans Urn Project: http://www.tampawoodcrafters.org

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Information from: The Tampa (Fla.) Tribune, http://www.tampatrib.com

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