An urn containing a Navy SEAL’s ashes was returned to Delaware this month — after being discovered in a dumpster — in what the household is asking a “Christmas miracle,” a report mentioned Wednesday.
After building employee Shane Hanna discovered the urn — which had a Navy SEALS brand and contained the stays of veteran Ronald Lee Pruitt — he took it dwelling with him to Lancaster County, Pa., after which turned it over to Veterans of Overseas Wars (VFW) Publish 3376 there, Lancaster’s WGAL-TV reported.
VFW officers then tracked down Pruitt’s sister, Barbara Dixon, again in Delaware, Dwayne Mackenzie, the submit commander, advised WGAL.
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“I discovered his obituary and our submit quartermaster did some analysis and really discovered the funeral dwelling that had cremated him,” Mackenzie mentioned.
The funeral dwelling then known as Dixon to tell her about her brother’s ashes. Dixon then drove three hours from her Delaware dwelling to Pennsylvania to retrieve the urn.
“It’s a Christmas miracle. It is a miracle that every one these folks went above and past to seek out me…”
“It’s a Christmas miracle. It is a miracle that every one these folks went above and past to seek out me,” Dixon mentioned.
Hanna realized immediately he wanted to take motion after discovering the urn, he mentioned.
“I spotted this was an urn, so there’s no method I used to be leaving it within the dumpster,” Hanna mentioned. “Particularly as a result of it had a Navy SEAL insignia on it.”
The Navy veteran died in 1996, and his stays had initially gone to a different sister, who died a number of years later, in keeping with the station.
“He was an actual sweetheart … died too younger,” Dixon mentioned of her late brother.
Dixon mentioned she was “actually glad” that she bought the chance to take the urn dwelling and “put him in a correct place.”
She acquired the stays throughout a ceremony on the VFW honoring Pruitt’s service, WGAL reported.
Dixon mentioned “guardian angels” had introduced her brother again to her.
Pruitt’s ashes shall be interred in a veterans cemetery, the report mentioned.
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