Our Monument has been up now for 5 weeks and we just wanted to let everyone know that it is being admired by many. A couple of weeks ago, someone told me that they were driving by and saw 5 or 6 of our active duty servicemen, in uniform, looking at the monument. We have also heard other stories very similar to this one, of people enjoying and taking pictures. And, if anyone has driven by after dark, the lighting on the monument makes it look absolutely grand.
The drive for the bricks are continuing and we currently have another batch being done right now, as we are having them done in batches of 43-86 since it is easier to do 2-4 rows at a time. So, if you have put it off maybe this would be the time for maybe a Christmas Gift for someone you love.
AND, don’t forget that today, 11 November, the Carson Valley Inn is having their annual Veterans Spaghetti Luncheon, free to veterans and 1 guest, with doors opening at 1100am and closing at 200pm. I understand from CVI that last year they served almost 800. This event will be in the ballroom.
If you have any great stories or pictures involving our monument, please go to contact us and email us to let us know. And please continue to use our website and look for changes that will be coming up. Specifically, if you know of any Veterans Owned Businesses please email us and let us know who they are!
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.
Haven’t placed any new news in a little over a week because nothing really new was taking place at the construction site. Checked on the site on Friday evening and still nothing really new. Then, this morning I received an email from our treasurer and sure enough when I went out the pavers had been placed and things are really starting to to take shape. Not sure if all the pavers have been placed as yet since there are still 4 more pallets of pavers sitting there.
So, they have filled the interior of the monument with the large gravel and now the pavers are being placed. The monument itself is expected to be delivered on/about September 20th. We are also currently having the first 88 pavers, that folks have ordered, inscribed and will hopefully pick those up and start placing them next week as well. When the monument is delivered it will go directly to the Douglas County warehouse were the preparation for its placement on the top/center piece will begin. Once installed it will immediately be covered until the unveiling on October 6th at Noon.
I do not know about any of you, but we here at WAVE are getting very excited. It is hard to believe that almost 2 years worth of work are almost at an end. BUT DON’T WORRY……..your folks at WAVE are already working on another major mission which they will announce to everyone after October 6th…..or maybe that day? You will just have to wait and see.
Our next posting will not be until something really noticeable happens so look for something next week (about the 26th) for new pics and a little about what will happen on the unveiling day. Be back soon!
We are getting closer everyone. I don’t know about any of you but I am starting to get very excited after almost 2 years of everyone putting this together. Can you picture what it is going to look like?…….. The area around the center will be filled with large gravel and as soon as the monument arrives, the contractors will take the measurements from the base of the monument, and then start drilling into the top cap of the center piece to insert metal posts that the monument will sit on. Then it will be time for the landscapers to come in and finish everything out, including the brick pavers being placed around the monument. Last Thursday we delivered 70 orders to start the brick inscriptions and we will do everything in our power to make sure that they are placed prior to the dedication on October 6th……..can’t make any promises since we are getting to close. I can tell you that to date, we have almost 80 orders for bricks…..get them orders in everyone. Hope ya’ll are having a great Labor Day Weekend. This will be it for the updates until we see a major change…..such as placing the monument or the landscape starting to be done, but we will be back and hopefully with a video interview with Jim Madsen and John Milazzo explaining what is happening and why.
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.