NVC conducts monthly service for unaccompanied remains

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Sgt. Josh Killinger of the Nevada Army National Guard presents the U.S. flag to Debbie Coleman at the last military service for unaccompanied remains at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.

By Steve Ranson, Lahontan Valley News Editor Emeritus

Seven veterans were recently remembered for their service to the nation in a military ceremony at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.

The monthly military service recognizes veterans who remains were unaccompanied.

“Many of their families have recognized them in their own way,” said Sharon Serenko, a member of the Nevada Veterans Coalition who narrated the ceremony.

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The honored veterans included Master Sgt. Andrew Antorino, Private First Class Eugene Capraro, Pvt. Roy Dubose, Staff Sgt. Kenneth Cagnon and Private First Class Terrence Quigley, all U.S. Army; SA Frank Costello, U.S. Navy; and Lance Cpl. David Wilmurth, U.S. Marine Corps.

Serenko said it was a time of remembrance for the seven veterans.

“We honor them for their service to the nation,” she said, adding every monument at the cemetery tells a story of each person who served in one of the military branches.

Approximately 60 individuals attended the 30-minute service. Serenko said the military service provides a closure each man deserves and shows gratitude knowing their honors have been earned.

Members of the Nevada Veterans Coalition prepare to fire a 3-volley salute at military service for seven veterans.

The NVC conducts a monthly service for unaccompanied remains and a quarterly service for remains that have gone unclaimed. At each unaccompanied service, members of the Patriot Guard Riders open the ceremony with a march from the columbarium wall to the pavilion, each member carrying a U.S. flag. The NVC provides the buglers and honor guard, while  the Nevada Army National Guard refolds the flag and presents it to an attendee. Former Lyon County Sheriff Al McNeil played the bagpipes last month.

Al McNeil plays the bagpipe at the April military service at the at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley. Members of the Patriot Guard Riders hold the U.S. flags.

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