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The remains of a Civil War veteran were honored in Siouxland

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SIOUX CITY (KTIV) -

Tribute was paid to a Civil War veteran whose remains are being transported across the country to a final resting place, nearly a century after his death.

Throughout the cross-country route, members of the Patriot Guard Riders arranged for his journey home.

Friday, they made a stop in Sioux City

"We're what you would call a group of patriotic Americans that feel it's important to pay attention to both our past and current military so that they know that their service and their sacrifices mean something," said Cox.

Friday's stop at the Lewis and Clark Interpretive Center was a part of the cross country escort of Private Jewett Williams' remains from Oregon to Maine. 

Private Williams was a member of the 20th Maine Volunteer Infantry Regiment and served in the later part of the Civil War.

Steve Cox is a member of the Patriot Guard Riders of Iowa. He said they provide a range of services for military funerals. 

"This one's special because it's a part of history," said Steve Cox, State Captain of the Patriot Guard Riders of Iowa.

After the war, Private Williams moved to Oregon. He passed several years later at the age of 78.

His ashes have been stored in an Oregon hospital ever since.

"This gentleman's been out there on this shelf, lost if you will, for all these years with no family to be found. So no one to recover him," said Cox.

Cox said much of their involvement focuses on what they call missions where they honor the fallen. 

"It's our way of giving back," said Cox.

And after 94 years, Private Williams is finally going home.

"We're honored to be able to escort and take him back home to Maine to his final resting place," said Cox.

Private Williams' remains will be buried with full military honors on September 17 at a National Cemetery in Chelsea, Maine. 

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