the Las Vegas Veterans MemorialIn 2009, when half a dozen veterans in the Las Vegas area started talking about building a veterans memorial in southern Nevada, it quickly turned from a community monument to a much larger-scope tribute.
Scott Tiano, one of the veterans who conceived of the memorial and who represents the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial Foundation, told us, “We knew we wanted it to be something that spoke to the common bond of service from one generation of veteran to the next. We wanted it to be a place of reflection, healing, and forgiveness. We envisioned a place that would provide historical and educational value not only for veterans, but for their families.”
The veteran-operated business, American Shooters, Inc., created the nonprofit foundation and promised to see the project through, but it takes the help of many to accomplish such a vision. Daltile is delighted and humbled to be part of the team of sponsors that are making the memorial possible.
The monument will be dedicated by the Governor of Nevada, Brian Sandoval, over the Memorial Day weekend, 2016.
200 Years of Conflict
The memorial’s plans show a simple yet meaningfully designed space. The key feature of the memorial will be 18 statues representing 200 years of American conflict from the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror.
Artist, Douwe Blumberg, was commissioned to create the statues in aluminum magnesium alloy and bronze. Scott Tiano explains, “The statues in aluminum alloy are sculpted in less detail to give a sense of the past with an almost ghostly look.”
The stoic soldiers (and other figures who served during wartime) that gaze toward the center of the monument, provide a sharp contrast to the bronze statues that form the centerpiece.
The bronze statue in the center of the memorial displays post-9/11 military in sharp detail. Looking on is another bronze statue that represents the families of those serving today and the families of those who have served throughout history.
Scott Tiano said, “Recognizing families was a big component of the memorial’s vision. The families of veterans sacrifice a great deal when their loved ones are deployed—having to hold together the home front, deal with the stress of not knowing where their loved one is, and go on with life as normally as possible.” The memorial is as much for the families as it is for the veterans themselves.
Honor, Sacrifice, Dedication
Behind the statues, black granite slabs will feature inscriptions that honor the dedication and sacrifice of veterans. Though the experience of conflict changes over the years, the inspirational words will highlight the common bond of service that doesn’t change from generation to generation.
After several visits to the National Mall in Washington, D.C., it was determined that a couple of changes to the original plan would elevate the monument to a West Coast gem. Space will be added that provides a place to quietly reflect on our service men and women. A larger area in front of the memorial will accommodate space for 300 chairs to host veteran-appropriate events. Veterans are invited to contribute to the memorial by purchasing bricks that will cover some walkways. Bricks honor the veteran by listing name, dates of service, and branch of service.
Once the monument is finished in late spring 2016, the memorial will be handed over to the state of Nevada for all to enjoy. The visionary veterans who first dreamed up this beautiful monument are optimistic that it will be a place for school children, tourists, families, and veterans to remember the broader purpose a soldier feels in defending a community, nation, and home.
The Las Vegas Veterans Memorial Foundation is still raising funds to complete the monument. Support our veterans and donate to this beautiful testament of their sacrifice today.
Today we honor all of the brave men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country. We will never forget!