Nevada's veterans remembered at Memorial Day ceremony

CREATED May 27, 2013

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Boulder City, NV (KTNV) - Many residents and a few local politicians attended a ceremony at Southern Nevada Veteran's Cemetery in Boulder City this Memorial Day.

While that ceremony was going on indoors, Maria Captain was outside visiting the grave of the soldier she first met in Antwerp, Belgium during World War II.

“My house got bombed by the Germans, said Captain.  “He rescued me out of my house in Belgium, where I lived in Antwerp.”

Her parents were killed and her house was destroyed in the blast, but amidst all the rubble, an 18-year old Maria met Private First Class Nicholas Captain.  The man she would later call her husband.

“After they liberated us from the Germans, that’s when I married him,” said Maria.

The pair later moved to Las Vegas along with their daughter, that's when Nicholas Captain decided to take a look at the veteran's cemetery in Boulder City.

“He said I am going to go down and take care of all the paperwork just in case,” remembered Captain’s daughter, Andrea Stinger.  “Well ‘in case’ came 3 days before his 90th birthday, he had a massive heart attack and we lost him.”

The Captain’s had been married 66 years.

A bag pipe player sat near his grave this Memorial Day, so wife and daughter requested a song, in honor of Private First Class Nicholas Captain.