By Cheri Fisher and Su Phelps, Photos by Su Phelps
On June 15th the Nevada Veterans Coalition (NVC) held a ceremony in Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City to honor 35 servicemen whose remains have been unclaimed. The remains range from WWI veteran Elmer Harris to Vietnam veteran John Prine.
This is the 11th mission for the Nevada Veterans Coalition, President and Honor Guard Commander Brett Palmer, and the first service of its kind in southern Nevada. Since September 1990 when the Nevada Veterans Coalition conducted its first mission in Fernley with 25 remains, the ceremony has honored veterans from the U.S. Army, Navy, Marines, Air Force, Coast Guard and Merchant Marine. This ceremony in Boulder City remembered veterans who served from World War I to the Vietnam War.
Sharon Serenko, Chaplin for the Veterans Coalition, introduced the key note speakers, Kat Miller, director of the Nevada Department of Veterans Service, said the coalition is helping ensure that every lost Nevada veteran will have a ceremony to honor their service and sacrifice to their nation and told the story of one of the veterans who was in WWI whose remains has been unclaimed since 1979. Jennifer Kandt, Director of NV Funeral and Cemetery Services Board and Kevin Ferm, Managing Partner of Bunkers Eden Vale also spoke of the honor of making this possible and finding these remains their final resting place.
Numerous Veterans organizations attended bringing flags and showing their respect to these soldiers final resting place.
Airmen from Nellis Air Force Base, sailors from an active-duty Navy tenant command at the air force base and soldiers from the Nevada Army National Guard carried the urns to their final resting places.