More than 100 gathered Monday at Sand Hill Cemetery to pay their respects as MIA World War II veteran Sgt. Howard F. Gotts, U.S. Army Air Force, was buried with full military honors in his family’s gravesite.
“This was unbelievable — I have goosebumps,” said Sgt Gotts’ great niece, Joyce Richardson, following the ceremony.
Surrounded by Army National Guard Honor Guard officers, members of the Ontario County Sheriff’s Office, Patriot Guard New York, American Legion Post 256 Canandaigua, American Legion Post 34 Shortsville, the Marine Corps League, state and local officials and a host of extended family and friends, Stg. Gotts’ descendants finally received the closure they’d waited 76 years to experience.
Pastor Dale Andrews of Geneva Assembly of God presided, with words of honor shared by Richardson and Army Ranger Major Brian Kent, Sgt. Gotts’ nephew.
A reception was held following the service at the town of Seneca pavilion on Flint Road in Stanley.
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