14 And they buried the bones of Shaul and of his son Yehonatan in Zela, in the territory of Binyamin, in the tomb of his father Keesh. And when all that the king had commanded was done, Hashem responded to the plea of the land thereafter.
21:14 And they buried the bones of Shaul
King David buries the remains of King Shaul and Yonatan in their ancestral burial area within the territory of the tribe of Binyamin. Metzudat David adds that David also makes sure that they are properly eulogized throughout the land, with King David himself giving one of the eulogies. Though this was particularly important due to the honor given to a king, the concern that everyone be provided a proper burial has been a core value from antiquity until today. For example, following Israel’s War for Independence, the army’s Chief Rabbi, Shlomo Goren, worked day and night to bring the remains of fallen Israeli fighters to proper burial. He risked his life by walking through minefields, and often dug through the earth with his own hands, to ensure that every soldier killed in action would receive a proper burial.