After *70 years*...a World War two veteran is getting
a proper burial.
The remains of Private First Class Lawrence Gordon
are being taken to Canada.
Gordon was Canadian, but dedicated his life to the
He was killed near Normandy in 19-44.
It was assumed Gordon was German.
and was buried in a German cemetary.
However, recent research done by the University of
Wisconsin revealed the true identity of the remains.
Now begins the heroes journey back to his hometown
The Vernon County Sheriff's Department started the
escort this afternoon and took Gordon to Minnesota.
From there, law enforcement agencies from neighboring
states will continue the journey to Canada.
- the people have been absolutely fantastic, their
spirit and hearts are in the right place, they honor
fallen soldier,s they respect them, they do the right
thing and I am very very proud of everyone I have
Gordon's journey home started this afternoon in Viroqua.
News 8's Brittany Schmidt joins us now with more....
Gordon's remains will be transported a total of 1,600
miles from Wisconsin, all the way to Canada.
The journey home starts in Wisconsin, where researchers
uncovered his identity
The patriot honor guard will be accompanying Gordon's
remains to Saskatehewan because they say it's a homecoming
Whether you served in the Navy or the U.S.
there seems to be an unwritten rule everyone follows....to
never leave a man behind
Your best friend is the person beside you, and if
20 of us go in, 20 of us are coming out.
You take care of everyone around you and everyone
around you takes care of you.
That pledge is what makes Private First Class Lawrence
Gordon's homecoming possible.
As a member fo the military, our main objective is
of course to make sure everyone of our fellow veterans
make it back home.
And honoring that pledge is what brings so many to
We are all veterans and any time we can pay tribute
to a fallen veteran, it's an incredible honor.
NAT POP- bagpipes
After spending seven decades as a misidentified soldier
and being buried in a German cemetary, World War II
veteran Lawrence Gordon is finally on his way home.
it took 70 years, but somebody remembered for 70 years
and they are setting it right and we are here to help
them set it right.
Lange, along with other Patriot Guard Riders and law
enforcement agencies, will escort Gordon's remains
from Wisconsin all the way to his hometown in Canada.
We will escort all the way to the La Crescent MN American
Legion and then a group of Minnesota Patriot Riders
are going to meet up there, they will take him through
Minnesota, where the South Dakota Patriot Guard will
be there to pick him up.
Although Gordon spent 70 years overseas alone,
With family waiting for his return to Canada, he will
never be alone again.
to me it feels really good to know that this man is
going to be taken care of all the way home and that
is what we are doing...taking him home.
And because of that unwritten honorable pledge....
You don't leave anyone behind.
P-F-C Lawrence Gordon is finally going home....
We all have to come home.
The motorcade hopes to be in Sioux Falls, North Dakota
Then they will continue traveling throughout the weekend
until Gordon's remains are finally home.
They are hoping to be in Canada by August 11th.
Gordon will be buried in Canada on August 13-th.
the 70th anniversary of his death.