Honoring Our Veterans this Memorial Day – May 25, 2020

Memorial Day, observed every year on the last Monday of May, is an important American holiday. This day is unofficially known as the start of summer, with backyard bbq’s and family get-togethers. Officially, this is a day to honor the brave men and women who fought for our country and died. 

This day was originally called Decoration Day and first popped up in the years after the Civil War. Memorial Day became a federal holiday in 1971. Although some use this day to start their summer activities, many others will take this time to observe Memorial Day by visiting loved ones at cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings in honor of loved ones lost, and participating in parades to honor our fallen soldiers. 

Here at Legacy Home Care, we would like to take this time to highlight the brave men and women whom we had the honor to serve during the last days of their lives.  

Legacy Home Care Memorial Day Honorees





Anthony Calandra-  U.S. Army

Anthony Calandra, Age 92, U.S. Army Veteran from 1950 to 1952.  Beloved husband of Venice and the late Dora (nee Petronzio).  He loved showing us his tattoos.

David Forbes – U.S Army

David Forbes, born on July 17, 1931 and died June 3, 2019.  Most of his career was in Los Angeles, California.  He was a driving instructor in Los Angeles.  He is survived by his wife Stella, daughter Tiffany, and son-in-law Michael Johnson.



James Graver – U.S. Marines
James Graver, born on February 10, 1934 at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Indianapolis, Indiana. He was in USMC-11 Vietnam. James saw action for 3 tours of duty in Vietnam. Through his hard work and dedication, he achieved the rank of E-7 Gunnery Sergeant. He received several awards recognizing him for his heroism. James passed away on September 10, 2016 at Nathan Adelson in Las Vegas, Nevada. He leaves behind his wife Alicia.


Margaret Hanke –
Was an Army major – DOB: 12/13/1938 passed away on July 30th, 2018 after a 7 year battle with Alzheimer’s.  Survived by her husband, Col. Hanke of 54 years.



Frank Moore – Was a U.S. Marine who fought in Vietnam.  DOB:  11/11/1936 Died 5/1/2018.  Some would say he died of a broken heart shortly after his wife lost her battle with Lewy body Dementia.

James C. Nelson – U.S. Army
Jim C. Nelson : James Conrad Nelson, a public school teacher who for 30 years devoted his life to teaching mathematics at Boulder City High School, died peacefully at his home on Thursday, January 9, 2020, at the age of 93. The cause was Parkinson’s disease.

Born in Keokuk, Iowa, Mr. Nelson was a second-generation teacher. His mother, Verna, taught at a one-room school house in Nauvoo, Illinois, where he and his older brother, Joe, grew up in a house built by their grandfather. His father, Joseph, owned and operated the Nauvoo Electric Light and Power Company and was active in community affairs. After graduating from high school in 1944, Mr. Nelson enlisted in the Army Air Corps during WWII where he trained as a teletype repairman.

He is survived by his wife, Sally; his sons, Jim and wife, Donna; Steve and wife, Troi; grandchildren, Rebecca, Catherine, Caralee, and Zachary; great-grandchildren, Charlotte and Millie; and much loved extended family and friends.




Merle “Jack” Snell – U.S. Army

Merle “Jack” J. Snell, 85, died peacefully in his Henderson home on May 9, 2019. Jack was born on Aug. 17, 1933 and served in the U.S. Army from 1953 to 1955.  He worked on the family farm in Iowa and earned a degree in mechanical engineering in 1961 from the University of Iowa. Upon his retirement, Jack relocated to his “vacation” home in Henderson, NV where he maintained his own yard and had a beautiful garden.  


It was an Honor

It was a true honor to serve these veterans in their last days and to provide their families with comfort and care during this time. To celebrate their bravery and sacrifice, we will take part in the national day of remembrance and salute our fallen veteran clients. 

All year long, our caregivers are conscious of the hard work these brave men and women contributed, and they take the time to make sure our veteran clients know just how special they are. If you find your loved one needing more care these days, reach out to us at or call 702-564-2979. We are here to serve our veterans and elderly population in Southern Nevada with dignity and grace.