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Unclaimed no more: WWII veterans’ remains to be interred in Fernley
Dorothy Minor, the Elko service officer for Veterans Affairs, speaks before a crowd during Memorial Day ceremonies Monday at Elko City Cemetery. The program, sponsored by the Gaspar J. Salaz Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2350 and the Ladies Auxiliary, featured tribute to six veterans, whose unclaimed cremated remains were placed on the front of the stage. Ross Andreson/Elko Daily Free Press

ELKO — Memorial Day has long been a day of remembrance and mourning for those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country. It’s also a day of honor, as when the recently discovered cremated remains of six veterans received tribute during Monday’s ceremony at the Elko City Cemetery.

Members of the local POW/MIA Awareness Association and servicemen in town on leave placed the boxes containing the remains on the stage and saluted them.

Elko Veterans Affairs service officer Dorothy Minor, who spoke at the ceremony, has been heavily involved in the Missing in America project, which locates the remains of military veterans and ensures they are laid to rest with the honors they earned through their service.

These six veterans’ remains were found recently at Burns Funeral Home by Minor, whose father was the lone survivor of a kamikaze attack on his ship during World War II. Minor said the remains will be interred at the VA cemetery in Fernley with full honors as soon as arrangements can be made.

Minor urged those in attendance to no longer allow unclaimed veterans to “languish on the shelves.”

“We need to blanket every mortuary and every old state institution in the United States and let them know there are people out there who want to claim our veterans,” Minor said.

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