Veterans honored at unaccompanied services

Steve Ranson/LVN, file
Military services were conducted for veterans whose remains were unaccompanied in February and March for internment at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.

Steve Ranson/LVN, file Military services were conducted for veterans whose remains were unaccompanied in February and March for internment at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.

FERNLEY — A number of veterans have recently been remembered for their service to the United States in military ceremonies at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley.
Monthly military services recognize veterans whose remains were unaccompanied. The Nevada Veterans Coalition conducted ceremonies in February and March.


Sharon Serenko, a member of the Nevada Veterans Coalition who narrates the ceremony, said it’s a time of remembrance for the veterans. She said the military service provides a closure each veteran deserves and shows gratitude knowing their honors have been earned.


The recognized veteran include the following individuals from February: Spec. 5 Jack Abel, Army; Sgt. Francis Davis, U.S. Marine Corps; Pfc. David Garriott, Army; Cyril Kessler, Army; Cpl. Tony Sly, Army; Staff Sgt. Judy Christianson, Air Force; Cpl. Arvid Nelson, Marine Corps; Cpl. Tommy Chamberlain, Marine Corps; Staff Sgt. Gary Habgood, Army; Pfc. David Rose, Army; Pvt. Richard Hader, Army; SN Harold Rich, Navy; Shipfitter 3rd Class Beryl Axtell, Navy; Staff Sgt. Robert Hogan, Air Force; E2 Robert Easterly, Navy; Lance Cpl. John Pierce, Marine Corps; A1C Anthony Harris, Air Force; and BMSN Edward Brady, Navy.


March veterans who were interred include the following: Staff Sgt. Karl Becker, Air Force; A2C Jane Becker, Air Force; Mack Hillman, Army; E4 Carey Tait, Army; Spec. 5 Robert Shapoff, Army; Staff Sgt. Henry Westman, Air Force; Cpl. Arthur Stolting, Army; Staff Sgt. Benny Wade, Air Force; and GMG3 Robert Musgrave, Navy.


The NVC conducts a monthly service for unaccompanied remains normally on the fourth Thursday of each month unless there’s a conflict with another observance such as Wreaths Across America in December.


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.

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