We are on our way everyone………the picture on the left is from the people making our monuments and shows the top cap to one of the wings…as you can see it is already complete. The picture on the right is the construction site and as you can see construction is going gangbusters, in fact, for the first time I am truly beginning to believe that our dedication date of October 6th is actually going to be met. What you are seeing is the first slab has been poured and the forms have been removed. The rebar is all set for the next level because the monument itself is actually quite heavy and the base needs to be sturdy. Just remember everyone that I am not a construction specialist so I am not making comments from a professional position. I am going to try and do a video interview with Jim Madsen, our construction specialist, sometime next week so that everyone can hear from someone that knows, exactly what is going on, and what we can look forward to…………………………………………stay tuned.
The pictures on the bottom (left) is of the front of the center stone where the service medallions will be placed and (right) is the back showing where the medallions will go for all of the major sponsors that have helped to make sure we made it to this point. Bottom picture is another one of the construction progress.
Everyone that has any questions, please feel free to contact me at: GbarKranch@gmail.com
(LEFT TO RIGHT) FRONT ROW: Scott Morgan, Sally Willey , Ken Miller, Gerry Wright, John Milazzo, Janet Railey, Debbie Crome, Carl Schnock, Ted Henson, Rose Cook, BACK ROW: Brian Fitzgerald, Scott McCullough, Ryan Stanton, Jim Madsen
Thursday August 23rd, at 1000am, ground was finally broken in a ceremony hosted by Welcome All Veterans Everywhere Inc. (WAVE), for a monument honoring the service and sacrifice of living and deceased veterans in Douglas County. It will stand in front of the old courthouse on Eighth St. and Esmeralda in Minden. WAVE has been working for almost 2 years with county commissioners, local businesses and a host of volunteers to create the monument, scheduled to be dedicated in ceremonies October 6 at noon.
The monument, “will publicly recognize and pay tribute to the courage, commitment and sacrifices of the veterans and their families who reside here,” said WAVE President Carl Schnock, a Vietnam veteran. According to the last census there are about 5,600 veterans currently living in Douglas County.
Representing each of the branches of service, the monument will feature a walkway of paver bricks which can be purchased to honor specific veterans by name. The engraved 6×8 inch bricks are $100 each and can include up to 4 lines with 12 characters per line. Anyone interested in purchasing a brick or donating to the monument can call Carl Schnock at 775- 781-4849 or mailed to WAVE at PO Box 1675 or visit the website www.nvwave.org .
This year on July 21st, WAVE donated $500.00 to the National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) at the Senior Center in Gardnerville for their annual “Project Patriot Backpack Brigade” program. Each year this program provides backpacks to the children of active duty service personnel who are serving and protecting our country.
Each year DAR purchases, with help through donations, backpacks for children K-12 and with the help of the Nevada National Guard, backpacks are handed out to military families at the University of Nevada in Reno. Through other donations, school supplies are used to fill each backpack according to grade level.
WAVE President Carl Schnock presented DAR Regent Deborah Crone-Palio with a check for $500 towards the purchase of Backpacks for our active duty veteran dependents.
(From Back to Front rows, Left to Right) Gerry Wright, Darrol Brown, Sally Willey, Carl Schnock, Deborah Crone-Palio, Judy Conrad, Rose Cook, Mary Baldauskas, Carolyn Riise, Lynda Morrison Radar, Ken Miller, Janet Railey, Ted Henson. WAVE and DAR Members displaying some of the backpacks.