The remains of 40 unidentified WWII U.S. military personnel have been returned home to Hawaii from the Philippines.

Upon arrival to Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam, Hawaii, an “Honorable Carry” ceremony was conducted as the remains of the 40 fallen individuals were disembarked from the aircraft.

The remains were removed from the Manila American Cemetery and Memorial. The Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency was responsible for exhuming and returning the fallen servicemembers to the U.S., according to a report published by Military Times. It was one of the largest projects that the Defense POW/MIA Accounting Agency has undertaken.

The agency will be taking the remains to a lab at Hickham, where they will be examined and hopefully identified by forensic anthropologists and other experts.