Texas will hold two unaccompanied veteran burials on Tuesday.

U.S. Army National Guard photo by Spc. Gerardo Escobar/DVIDS

Texas will hold two unaccompanied veteran burials on Tuesday

March 11, 2019 - 3:32 pm
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Two funerals will be held in Texas on Tuesday, March 12 for men who served the nation and have no known next-of-kin. 

Without the public's help, nobody is expected to attend the funerals of U.S. Navy veteran Ralph Ardith Fowler and U.S. Army veteran Major Lee Shotwell Jr.  

The Texas Veterans Land Board announced Shortwell will be the 100th unaccompanied veteran burial held at The Central Texas State Veterans Cemetery, but they're hoping to change that.

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"Shotwell is not expected to have anyone attend his funeral, as no next-of-kin could be contacted. Please help us spread the word and ensure that our United States Army Veteran is not buried alone. Members of the Central Texas community are welcome to attend," the Veterans Land Board said in a statement.

Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) tweeted the funeral's information in the hopes of raising awareness and drawing public attention.

Shotwell served in the Army from December 6, 1963 to December 5, 1966, according to the Patriot Guard Riders, who are organizing an Honor Mission.

Fowler will be buried at the Rio Grande Valley Texas State Veterans Cemetery, which has coordinated with the Veteran of Foreign Wars post of McAllen, Texas to ensure he will receive full military honors.

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