BOULDER CITY (KTNV) — Bringing honor to the families of veterans. That’s the goal of a woman who’s determined to make sure every grave at the veterans' cemetery in Boulder City has an American flag on Veterans Day.
“I want to see this every year, like a sea of flags because this is what I expected last year,” Dawn Kramer said.
Last year, Kramer came to pay her respects to her father on Veterans Day at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. However, she says she was stunned to not see an American flag at each grave.
“I found it to be unacceptable on Veterans Day that dead veterans are not being honored, and to me, that is a disgrace,” Kramer said.
So, she has mobilized a group of community members to plant about 1,400 flags in her father’s section of the cemetery - buying all the flags herself.
“He’s a deserving man to have a flag along with everyone else next to him. That’s just the way it is. He went through a lot of hard times, just like all of those men out there did,” Kramer said.
She says she wanted to see the cemetery full of flags not just on Memorial Day but on Veterans Day as well. The Patriot Guard Riders have also teamed up with her to get about 40,000 flags to place on every grave including her father’s in 2021.
“I can definitely make sure he has a flag, but I’m not the only story like this. I’m just the tip of the iceberg. There’s many of us with the same stories,” Kramer said.
She also says she is optimistic about fulfilling her wish at the cemetery.
“I know that it can be done because I know Nevada is a great state and they’re not going to let this continue,” she said.
If you’re interested in donating flags, Kramer says to contact the Patriot Guard Riders here.