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Veterans with no next of kin honored in Eagle Point

The more than 25 veterans who were laid to rest now have a family to call their own.

Posted: Sep 16, 2021 5:16 PM
Updated: Sep 16, 2021 6:15 PM

EAGLE POINT, Ore. -- Under the hazy skies at Eagle Point National Cemetery, people from all over the Rogue Valley gathered on Thursday. They were there to honor veterans buried at the cemetery who have nobody else able to come stand vigil.

“I’m here for the veterans because they don’t have anybody to represent them. My uncle actually performs the same service in Nevada, a special cemetery there for veterans who don’t have a next of kin, and they do an honor guard service too,” veteran Rod Paulson said.

Paulson served for three years in the 82nd Airborne Division of the US Army. He showed up Thursday to honor those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

“Just to tell them that we support them, and we are here for them if they need anything,” said fellow veteran William Henry.

Henry served his country as well, with numerous tours of duty from July of 1981 through December 2004. He is now part of the Combat Vets Motorcycle Association, an organization that dedicates itself to supporting veterans.

“It warms my heart because these people are not families to these service members, but they are here to honor them,” Henry said.

The more than 25 veterans who were laid to rest now have a family to call their own.

"I have done nothing special in my eyes, but when I really think about it they are right ... I dedicated my life to my country and I really respect people who honor veterans," Henry concluded.

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