weather icon Clear

Veterans service never forgotten; ceremony lays to rest 17 without family

Seventeen veterans without any family or loved ones left were remembered, honored and laid to rest Tuesday, Nov. 19, at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.

The service, “A Promise Kept,” was the third Missing in Nevada ceremony held in Southern Nevada. It is done with the Nevada Veterans Coalition, which works with other organizations to identify the unclaimed remains of veterans stored at a mortuary or crematorium to give them a final resting place.

“It’s both humbling and an honor to share in this ceremony,” said keynote speaker, Ret. Lt. Gen. Emil Bedard of the U.S. Marine Corps.

Bedard retired after 37 years of active duty and then served with the U.S. Department of State and Department of Defense. On Sept. 11, 2001, he was at the Pentagon, 45 yards away from where the plane hit.

“You have to ask yourself … where is the pride in our veterans … the pride is in this room today as we pay tribute to them and take them to their final resting place,” he said.

He encouraged those in attendance to talk to veterans, find out how they are doing and not be afraid to say thank you to those in uniform in order to prevent more veterans from being unclaimed.

“I think it’s fitting that the younger generation has an idea of what … veterans gave and how they protected the great things we have,” he said.

Of the veterans honored, one fought in World War I, 12 fought in World War II, two served in the Korean War and one in Vietnam. The veterans represented the Navy, Air Force, Army and the Marine Corps.

“Our mission is to ensure veterans return home,” said retired Air Force Senior Master Sgt. Bobi Oates.

Oates is also the vice president for Women Veterans of Nevada, the group that sponsored the service.

The service was hosted by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services and coordinated by the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Missing in Nevada Southern Planning Committee, Pahrump Family Mortuary and Desert Memorial Cremation &Burial.

The first two Missing in Nevada ceremonies were in June and October 2018, during which 47 unclaimed veterans were buried at the cemetery in Boulder City.

Contact reporter Celia Shortt Goodyear at cgoodyear@bouldercityreview.com or at 702-586-9401. Follow her on Twitter @csgoodyear.

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Lake gets slight boost, but drier times ahead

After falling more than 27 feet since the start of the year, Lake Mead got a bit of a bump thanks in part to the August monsoon season.

Chamber endorses plan to split up CCSD

Boulder City Chamber of Commerce is one of six Southern Nevada chambers of commerce that endorsed the Community Schools Initiative that would split up the Clark County School District if voters approve it in 2024.

Rehabilitation helps with illnesses, injuries

Rehabilitation is care that can help you get back, keep or improve abilities that you need for daily life. These abilities may be physical, mental and/or cognitive (thinking and learning). You may have lost them because of a disease or injury, or as a side effect from a medical treatment. Rehabilitation can improve your daily life and functioning.

City aboard land plan for new train museum

The Boulder City Council met Tuesday evening for a relatively light meeting in terms of agenda items. The fire department gave its annual presentation to the council, two bills were introduced and an ordinance that will provide 0.94 acres of land to the Nevada State Railroad Museum was unanimously approved.

Grant aims to help protect, conserve endangered species

While many people are fretting over the massive reduction of water at Lake Mead, the over 387 species of animals that call the lake home have also had to adjust to the drought.

Curreri joins city as public works director

Jamie Curreri has joined the city as its new public works director. He started Monday, Sept. 12, and replaces Keegan Littrell, who left in May for a position with Henderson.

Snake season: Warm temperatures bring out vipers

It’s summer and triple-digit weather season in the Boulder City and the Las Vegas Valley. While the heat can be a nuisance to some, rattlesnakes are thriving and catching some rays.