April 23, 2014
His widow protested for several months for his military service to be recognized...and now a Nevada Soldier who lost his life in Afghanistan will finally be honored on the Veteran's Memorial Wall in Fernley.
The State Office of Veteran's Affairs announced on Wednesday it will put up a plaque featuring the Wiccan symbol on the wall...honoring Sergeant Patrick Stewart.
The decision was reached after the V.A. received legal advice from the Nevada Attorney General's Office...saying the state has sole discretion over veteran cemeteries in Nevada.
Stewart was killed in September of 2005 when his chopper was shot down...but his service was never honored on the wall, because the V.A. said the Wiccan symbol was not a recognized religious symbol...until now.
Stewart's plaque will be place alongside his former crew mate Chief Warrant Officer John Flynn, who also died in the crash. No word yet on when his plaque will go up.