Monday, October 25, 2021 | 6 p.m.
As Veterans Day approaches, Dawn Kramer turns her thoughts to her father and other military heroes.
The daughter of the highly decorated Korean War veteran Andrew Kramer, who is buried in the Veterans Memorial Cemetery in southern Nevada, made it her business in 2019 to ensure that every burial site at the resting place of Boulder City carries an American flag on Veterans Day.
That year, Kramer traveled from their Michigan home to honor his grave with a miniature flag for the federal holiday they served. She was stunned to see a cemetery largely devoid of flags, traditionally only put up by volunteers on Memorial Day in May, when the nation pays tribute to the deceased.
“I was in disbelief – there was no flag on the graves of veterans … today is Veterans Day and I’m in a veterans cemetery and there are no flags,” she said.
So she decided to take action.
Last year, before Veterans Day, she led an initiative that drew numerous volunteers to place flags on every grave in her father’s department – 1,300 total veterans and their spouses. The volunteers – including local military personnel, Metro police officers, veterans groups and dozens of service-minded locals – reached what they thought could be their days on their own in less than an hour.
This year Kramer has even higher goals.
She already has 5,000 donated flags that can be set up on Tuesday, November 9th at 9:00 a.m. (the public is invited to join the U section at this time). She hopes to get 10,000 flags – enough to position herself on adjacent sections.
Instead of financial help, Kramer asked for donations of the 20 by 12 inch flags. Interested parties can call Jim Schumacher, owner of Ace Hardware in Boulder City, at 702-293-3373 to place an order directly, and flags will be held until placed on November 9th.
For more information, contact Kramer at [email protected]
The cemetery will be decked out in time for an event in the underground section at 4 p.m. on Veterans Day, including a South Nevada Girl Scouts flag ceremony, a 21-gun salute and the playing of faucets, a bugle call for ceremonies and military funerals.
After all, on this special day, Kramer wants to see all 40,000 flag-strewn graves in the cemetery.
“These flags mean the world to the families of these veterans,” said Kramer. “Respect is the most important thing”