(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 .