Every December, mourners and county employees gather around a recently dug grave in Boyle Heights, remembering those who have been forgotten.
Inside are the ashes of hundreds of men, women and children who have one thing in common: They died in Los Angeles County and their remains have been unclaimed.
This year’s service is at 10 a.m. Wednesday, at the L.A. County Crematory and Cemetery, 3301 E. 1st St. next to Evergreen Cemetery.
Clergy officials of different faiths will lead prayers and songs. The service, which will last about an hour, will including the burning of incense and the laying of flowers on the gravesite. A stone marker with 2015 — the most recent year the remains were collected — will sit at one end of the grave. The cemetery is filled with markers from different years.
County officials said this year’s service will remember 1,467 people who died, most of them in 2015.