On Memorial Day weekend, most people think of celebrating the warm weather with barbeques, picnics and swimming parties. But on this special weekend in 2016, southern Nevadans will get a chance to celebrate the true meaning of the holiday with the opening of the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial. Governor Brian Sandoval will dedicate the $2.2 million Memorial on Friday, May 27. It is located on a two-acre parcel on the grounds of the Grant Sawyer State Building north of downtown Las Vegas.
The Las Vegas Veterans Memorial is a tribute to veterans of all eras, from the Revolutionary War to the conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East. It features 10 larger-than-life statues of service members spanning our nation’s history, plus two large bronze sculptures. One depicts three soldiers rescuing an injured comrade, and the other is a family group honoring the sacrifices made by those whose loved ones served in the military. The sculptures were designed and produced by Douwe Blumberg and sponsored by the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial Foundation in partnership with the state of Nevada.
Nevada State Bank is proud to support this world-class monument, which will benefit everyone in the community. In honor of its 56 years in Nevada, the Bank donated $30,800 to underwrite 56 bricks in the walkway at the Memorial. Each brick honors a service member from Nevada who served in the conflicts in Iraq or Afghanistan, and who has passed away since Sept. 11, 2001. Each brick is inscribed with the service member’s name, rank, dates of service, and branch of service with its military seal.
Scott Tiano, executive director of the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial Foundation, recently related a touching story that illustrates how this project will affect the community. He was contacted by a woman whose son was killed in Iraq in 2004. She was upset because she had missed the cutoff date to purchase a brick at the Memorial to honor him. “When I informed her that Nevada State Bank had made a donation to the Memorial underwriting 56 bricks for our service members killed In action since 9/11, and that a brick for her son was included as one of the 56, she was extremely overwhelmed with emotion and gratitude,” Tiano shared. “She was very appreciative that someone had thought of her son and his sacrifice.”
The Memorial not only serves as a place where family members can go to experience a sense of healing, but it also honors the heroism and spirit of those who have served and will serve in our nation’s military. In addition, it provides an important educational tool for local school children and families to help bring history to life.
Nevada State Bank invites all Nevadans to visit the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial. If you can’t come on Memorial Day weekend, put it on your calendar and schedule a time to visit in the near future.
For more information on the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial, or to donate, visit http://lasvegasveteransMemorial.org/
The information provided is presented for general informational purposes only and does not constitute tax, legal or business advice. Any views expressed in this article may not necessarily be those of Nevada State Bank, a division of ZB, N.A.
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