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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