Welcome All Vets Everywhere, Inc., (WAVE), is eager to have the public attend the dedication ceremony for the new Veterans Appreciation Monument tomorrow, Saturday the 6th of October at Noon. The monument honors the service and sacrifice of living and deceased veterans in Douglas County, and all of Nevada. It has been erected in front of the historic old courthouse on Eighth Street and Esmeralda in Minden. WAVE has been working for almost 2 years with Douglas County Commissioners, local businesses and volunteers to create the monument. A unique part of the monument is that it is also including the National Guard emblem and, more importantly, the Merchant Marine emblem honoring all those that served during WWII, many lost their lives, as an integral part of helping support the war effort.
“Our intent is to recognize and pay tribute to the courage, commitment and sacrifices of the veterans, and their families, who reside in the county,” said WAVE President Carl Schnock, a Vietnam Veteran. According to the last census there are about 5,600 veterans currently living in Douglas County.
“We are deeply grateful to the generosity of so many local companies, especially major donors like Starbucks and Cristek Interconnects Inc., as well as organizations and individuals who have helped make the monument a reality,” Schnock said.
The monument features medallions signifying all branches of the military. A walkway of bricks can be purchased to honor specific veterans, or individual or family names, or whatever people feel is appropriate to honor and support those that have given everything to protect and defend this nation. The engraved 6X8 inch bricks can be purchased for $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, or WAVE, can go to the “DONATE” button and to purchase a brick just download the Buy-A-Brick form, fill it out and mail it in. All donations can be made by just clicking on the appropriate DONATE button. All donations are tax deductible and are used to help veterans.