Shipping Wars delivers items to Roswell cemetery

ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE) – A national TV show rolled into Roswell Wednesday bringing with it a long-awaited addition to one of the cemeteries.

Wednesday morning dozens of New Mexico veterans escorted crews from the reality TV show “Shipping Wars” as they delivered two massive cremation walls to the city’s new veterans cemetery.

“It’s just a great day that we got them here now and we can really see something going in,” said Roswell Veteran Cemetery President Bert Eldridge.

Eldridge says Wednesday wasn’t so much about filming a TV show, but about marking a milestone.

“Every veteran that’s here today and listened we can’t hold back the tears,” said Eldridge. “It’s so great because we know we can be buried at home.”

The cemetery, expected to open in July 4, will be the very first one in southeastern New Mexico dedicated to fallen soldiers.

Veterans’ family members are thrilled.

“We shouldn’t have to travel 200 miles or 300 miles to see them. I think that’s the least we can do for our veterans,” said Kristina Ortega-Orque.

Eldridge says it’s about honoring those who served and making it a priority for them to come home and stay home.

Shipping Wars crews couldn’t say when the Roswell episode will air. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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