JoAnne Rotter and retired Army Private First Class James Walker, of American Legion Post 18, prepare for a Memorial Day procession at a cemetery in Round Mountain, Nev. Central Nevada is home to more military veterans per capita than any other region of the country, but veterans' organizations are few and far between. Each spring, Legionnaires travel many miles to pay their respects at veterans' graves.
After serving as a Marine in North Korea, John Path chased boyhood dreams of hard rock mining into Esmeralda County. He still holds dozens of claims across the U.S., but now rarely strays from his home on the edge of Goldfield, Nev. "I'm up here at the end of the road and no one bothers me," he says. "If one or two cars a week go down my road that don't belong here, that's a traffic jam."
Neil Artlip walks in the hills above the Nellis Air Force Base bombing range near his home in Goldfield, Nev. Artlip is a son and nephew of veterans.
Dawn over Goldfield, the Esmeralda County seat. Twenty percent of Esmeralda County's residents have served in the military, a rate roughly triple the national average.
Former submariner Bob Jackson tends a lilac bush on his property in Goldfield. His is the only lawn in town.
Relics of military service, unearthed from a backyard shed in Goldfield, when a piece of property changed hands.
Former Army Chaplain Sharon Sirnes Artlip talks with her friend, retired Army Specialist Milton Sochor Jr., in her gift shop in Goldfield. "You know your neighbors" in Goldfield, she says. "You can call on them for help. You don't have that in larger cities."
Retired Army Specialist Carl Brownfield flags down a passing neighbor outside his home in Goldfield.
Members of American Legion Auxiliary Post 18 meet in Round Mountain, Nev., not far north of the Esmeralda County line.
Jay Gunter, a judge and undertaker from Hawthorne, Nev., leaves a flag at a veteran's grave during a Memorial Day ceremony in the tiny mining town of Manhattan.
Navy veteran Vernon Fackrell at home in Goldfield.
P.K. Higgins Jr. served in military intelligence in the Army in West Berlin. He opened the Goldfield Radio Museum two years ago when he realized that in Esmeralda County, where land is inexpensive and building codes nonexistent, "I can do anything I want."
Evening on the outskirts of Goldfield, Nev.