Nevada Proud: Special Veterans Service in Fernley

Reported by: Samantha Boatman
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Updated: 5/28/2013 8:39 am
FERNLEY, NEV. (KRNV & the Nevada Proud series continues, News 4's Samantha Boatman shows us how the Northern Nevada Veterans Coalition remembers and honors vets who may not have family members to say the final goodbye.

The service is done at 3pm on the fourth Thursday of every month.

"It's a service we do for Veterans who are dropped off here at the cemetery for what ever reason, there's no family present, we can speculate why," says Brett Palmer, the president of the Northern Nevada Veterans Coalition.

The honor guard gives those fallen Vets a full honors military service. For the month of May, three veterans were remembered and honored. Palmer says in April, they honored more than 20. He says they normally say the final goodbye to 7 or 8 Vets a month.

"If they stepped up and put their right hand up and said I do for the country, they deserve a service," says Palmer.

Palmer says Veterans are dropped off at the cemetery from all over.

He's thankful his fellow brothers and sisters are able to give them they service he says they deserve.

"It's heart wrenching to know one of our brothers are being interned without any family present," says Palmer.

Anyone is invited to attend these services. Dean Zulueta, Fernley High School's student body president says he's been coming to them for the past year.

"It's just a shame that no one can be down here for them, that's why I'm proud to be down here, to me they're my family, they fight for my freedom, everyone's freedom," says Zulueta.

Palmer and the honor guard say they will continue to honor, remember, and thank each and every man or woman who stepped in a uniform and dedicated their time to protect our freedom.

"We would like to see that pavilion full every month because they're representing the family and the country they served, for them to go off without any recognition just isn't right," says Palmer.

Zulueta agrees.

"I've come with a sense of pride for our country, it's easy to get wrapped up in your own life but when you take a moment and step back and realize everything you have to offer and be thankful for, that's what this reminds me of, everything our country has to offer us," says Zulueta.

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