FERNLEY, Nev. (KOLO) - The Nevada Veterans Coalition held its sixteenth mission at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery by honoring nineteen veterans whose remains have been in the care of a local mortuary, yet remained unclaimed.
Friday afternoon, the coalition gave honors to 19 veterans whose remains were left on shelves at a local mortuary; one sat for 45 years.
Tom Draughon with the Nevada Veteran’s Coalition says he doesn’t know why these remains have been forgotten for years.
“We have no idea. There are many extenuating circumstances for that happening. So we just locate these individuals, these veterans with the mortuaries and Nevada Funeral Home, and we go through all of the red tape and do all of things that are necessary to bring them home; so that they can be here with all of their brothers and sisters.”
He adds even though theses veterans may have been for forgotten for decades, the coalition is doing these final honors to make sure every veteran is memorialized forever.
“We believe that every veteran deserves a final honors and a dignified honors and that’s what we do. No veteran should ever be forgotten for their service to this country.”
Every time the coalition holds this type of event, Draughon says hundreds of people come out to support, and Friday was no different.
“We have people that come out here from Reno, Carson City, Fallon, Minden, and Fernley. It says that people care about the veterans.”
The coalition hosts final honors like this every two months. The next will be held in April.