They're gone, but truly not forgotten.
"They deserve it. they fought for it," said Bob Harder.
For the seven Rochester area veterans taking their last ride, It hasn't always been that way.
"It's a very sad thing to think there's nobody, no relatives or friends, that were able to claim the bodies," said Harder, a Vietnam veteran.
"People don't think about that, but there's a lot of them out there," said Kevin Crouch, also a veteran of Vietnam.
Members of the Patriot Guard Riders gathered Friday to take them home: forgotten veterans who died years ago, whose remains sat for years, unclaimed.
"A lot of people question why that is. I have one veteran here today who's been held in custody for 49 years," said Barry Rickett, Veteran Recovery Program.
"These poor guys had no family, and their remains have been sitting in the funeral home for years and years," Crouch said.
Three years ago, the Patriot Guard Riders, made up largely of vets, started the Veterans Recovery Program, to give these veterans a proper military burial.
"We're all patriots, and these guys earned these services many years ago, and we feel it's only right that they get them," Rickett said.
Of the seven, one served in World War I; two from the Second World War; and four from Vietnam.
"I've been able to enjoy a full life with a wife and children," said Harder. "I think about things like that, that these kids didn't get to enjoy that."
The seven left Henrietta for their final resting place: the National Cemetery in Bath.
And along the way, in places like Mount Morris:
"Nobody's manning the stores. We're all over here," said Linda Gray.
People lined the streets. Linda was supposed to be at work at Carvings and More.
She wasn't alone.
"She's supposed to be at Treasure Alley Antiques and he's supposed to be at Hoffman Estates, but we're all here doing what we're supposed to be doing right now."
What they're supposed to be doing.
"We all feel that in our heart. We all feel they deserve to be honored."
And as the motorcade began to roll through, there was a heartfelt sense of appreciation from those who gave their day to give the fallen veterans their due.
"It's amazing. And it chokes you up when you see that. It really does," Crouch said.
And for those who served, made it home, lived their lives, and then died – not forgotten, after all.
"That was amazing. Just amazing."