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Honors given in Nevada burial of unclaimed remains of 17 veterans

BOULDER CITY, Nev. — The remains of 17 U.S. military service members who went unclaimed by relatives after their deaths in the Las Vegas area since 1992 have been laid to rest with an honor guard salute in Boulder City.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports that a Tuesday ceremony sponsored by Women Veterans of Nevada at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery follows two similar salutes in 2018 for the unclaimed remains of 47 veterans.

A member of the U.S. Army Honor Guard plays
For some veterans, strangers are family at burial services

There were no relatives at Vietnam veteran Stephen Jerald Spicer’s funeral, but his passing didn’t go unnoticed as a few dozen patriotic strangers showed up to honor his service.

Retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bobi Oates tells the newspaper the deaths of 248 veterans have been similarly commemorated since 2009 in northern Nevada.

Officials say the veterans had returned home alive following World Wars I and II, the Cold War, the Korean War and the Vietnam War. Their bodies were stored in area funeral homes.

Seaman Alex Ramirez presents an urn for burial to Brandon Hall with the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery during the third Missing in Nevada ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Boulder City. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
Seaman Alex Ramirez presents an urn for burial to Brandon Hall with the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery during the third Missing in Nevada ceremony on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2019, in Boulder City. (L.E. Baskow/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)
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