July 27th, 2012

Crowd Spontaneously Gathers to Lay Veterans to Rest

News 8 Las Vegas

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BOULDER CITY, Nev. — At the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, as many as eight veterans are cremated each week with no family or friends attending their funerals. To ensure no service member is buried alone, a local veterans’ group has adopted a mission.

Every Thursday morning, two members of the local chapter of the Vietnam Veterans of America group hold a service at the cemetery for service members without families. On this Thursday, it was different. Instead of a near empty room, it was a full house.

“In the blueness of the skies and the warmth of the summer, we remember them,” said George Haussmann before a crowd of about 100 people.

At this service, veterans Steve Duran, Theresa Dawkins and Russell Shriver were being laid to rest. No one in attendance at the funerals knew the three deceased people.

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2 Responses to “Crowd Spontaneously Gathers to Lay Veterans to Rest”

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    Matt Fox Says:

    I was proud to attend this yesterday. It was really moving to see everyone come together through an email chain. I plan on attending this at least once a month so these veterans don’t have to be laid to rest with no representation. It was great to see so many organizations come together. There was Vietnam Vets of America which performs the ceremony, Patriot Guard which protects funerals from protesters like the Wesboro Baptist church, VFW, Oath Keepers, Police volunteers, American Legion and others. Please spread the word that this takes place and see if the same occurs in your local area memorial cemeteries.

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    Robin Sullivan Says:

    This piece just made me start crying. Of relief? The sponraneous response of The People? So many years of not really understanding what was going on ..on so many levels, in that war. I protested the war, saw the boys come home maimed, shattered and rejected. I was 18 when they announced the end of that war..and i feel like I’ve been lied to, by this federal govt my whole life. I’m usually angry about it..but today…

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