|Birth: ||Oct. 21, 1970|
|Death: ||Sep. 25, 2005|
On Memorial Day,(Monday, May 28, 2007) Patrick Stewart's grave and those of other military veterans will be dedicated with government-issued markers etched with a symbol of their religion -- the Wiccan pentacle.
Wiccans sued the government last year, arguing that it was unduly stalling a decision on whether to add the pentacle to the list of acceptable symbols for veterans' graves.
A settlement between the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and Wiccans added the five-pointed star to the list of "emblems of belief."
Stewart's widow, Roberta of Fernley, NV, will be present for the dedication. Her husband was killed in Afghanistan in 2005 when the Nevada Army National Guard helicopter he was in was shot down. His ashes were mostly scattered, but some are at the Wiccan cemetery.
"To me it shows that our Veterans Administration is hopefully going to think twice before they discriminate the next time," she said of the settlement. "They don't get to pick and choose our soldiers' faith."
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Patrick Dana Stewart
Service Info.: SGT US ARMY AFGHANISTAN
Birth Date: 21 Oct 1970
Death Date: 25 Sep 2005
Cemetery: Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery
Cemetery Address: 14 Veterans Way Fernley, NV 89408
Buried At: Section Wall Site 7676
Created by: Volunteer #46577499
Record added: May 27, 2007
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