SANTA FE (KRQE) – Twenty-eight New Mexico veterans are now resting peacefully at the Santa Fe National Cemetery, after finally getting a proper burial. Tuesday morning, the Patriot Guard Riders of New Mexico, helped lead the 27 men and one woman to their final resting place. Each one carried the cremated remains of one of the veterans being honored.
It is part of the state’s Forgotten Heroes Burial Program. The program recognizes veterans who go unclaimed by family.
Kenny Keelin with the American Legion Riders said, “At some point, they have no family to claim them, and we are their family.”
“Each of them swore an oath to protect our nation at home and abroad. As soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, they deserve to be laid to rest with a funeral befitting a hero who protected us, defended our freedoms and made our country stronger,” said Governor Susana Martinez.
The program ensures that no veteran will be alone at the end.
“You learn through the service that you take care of everybody and never leave anybody behind,” said Ken Nadeau, state president of the New Mexico American Legion Riders Motorcycle Association.