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  • VET DEDICATION
    Pat Neal, center, receives the folded American flag during a ceremony at Madera's VFW Post 1981 honoring her cousin Carlton Neal, Jr. who passed away in January this year. Carlton Neal Jr. served in the United States Air Force from 1958-1960, according to veterans remains officer Bob "Doc" Protzman. Without close relatives, airman first class Neal Jr. would have been buried in a pauper's grave, said Protzman who added legal complications disqualified Pat Neal. Following the ceremony in Madera, a caravan traveled with Neal's remains to the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, Ca. for another similar ceremony where Neal's cremated remains would remain, according to Protzman. Photographed on Friday morning, March 28, 2014 in Madera, Calif.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
  • VET DEDICATION
    Shell casings fly as a 21-gun salute is fired during a ceremony at Madera's VFW Post 1981 honoring her cousin Carlton Neal, Jr. who passed away in January this year. Carlton Neal Jr. served in the United States Air Force from 1958-1960, according to veterans remains officer Bob "Doc" Protzman. Without close relatives, airman first class Neal Jr. would have been buried in a pauper's grave, said Protzman who added legal complications disqualified Pat Neal. Following the ceremony in Madera, a caravan traveled with Neal's remains to the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, Ca. for another similar ceremony where Neal's cremated remains would remain, according to Protzman. Photographed on Friday morning, March 28, 2014 in Madera, Calif.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
  • VET DEDICATION
    An American flag is folded before being presented to Pat Neal during a ceremony at Madera's VFW Post 1981 honoring her cousin Carlton Neal, Jr. who passed away in January this year. Carlton Neal Jr. served in the United States Air Force from 1958-1960, according to veterans remains officer Bob "Doc" Protzman. Without close relatives, airman first class Neal Jr. would have been buried in a pauper's grave, said Protzman who added legal complications disqualified Pat Neal. Following the ceremony in Madera, a caravan traveled with Neal's remains to the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, Ca. for another similar ceremony where Neal's cremated remains would remain, according to Protzman. Photographed on Friday morning, March 28, 2014 in Madera, Calif.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
  • VET DEDICATION
    Motorcyclists follow the cremated remains of Carlton Neal Jr. Friday morning as a caravan traveled to the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery on Friday morning, March 28, 2014 in Madera, Calif. Neal Jr. served in the United States Air Force from 1958-1960, according to veterans remains officer Bob "Doc" Protzman. Protzman said Neal Jr. died in January.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
  • VET DEDICATION
    Pat Neal, seated to the left, rubs her eyes during a ceremony at Madera's VFW Post 1981 honoring her cousin Carlton Neal, Jr. who passed away in January this year. Carlton Neal Jr. served in the United States Air Force from 1958-1960, according to veterans remains officer Bob "Doc" Protzman. Without close relatives, airman first class Neal Jr. would have been buried in a pauper's grave, said Protzman who added legal complications disqualified Pat Neal. Following the ceremony in Madera, a caravan traveled with Neal's remains to the San Joaquin Valley National Cemetery in Santa Nella, Ca. for another similar ceremony where Neal's cremated remains would remain, according to Protzman. Photographed on Friday morning, March 28, 2014 in Madera, Calif.
    ERIC PAUL ZAMORA | THE FRESNO BEE
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