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Las Vegas Veterans’ Memorial to Boulder City?

Veterans’ memorials can be found all over the Silver State. They are well deserved. They honor individuals who served the nation, and also commemorate battles and events regarding the many military anniversaries in Nevada.

The Veterans’ Memorial Cemetery here houses many veterans’ memorials all contained in a specific area. But what if one day it was learned that it was going to be moved across town. Little notice, no debate, the government just said it was going to be moved. Would the townsfolk agree?

Several years ago in Las Vegas, Gov. Sandoval agreed that a veterans’ memorial should be established in that city. A design contest was held, a winner was chosen, and the state came up with funds to have it built. Many sites were viewed, and it was determined that it should be constructed on the grounds of the state’s Grant Sawyer building. It’s a beautiful memorial, almost a city block wide, with sculptures of U.S. veterans of various wars. No doubt many Las Vegas veterans and their families have visited the memorial.

Recently, the Sawyer building has undergone some negative press. Some of the occupants say that there are structural problems, and a few state departments are planning to move to other locations, including the Nevada Dept. of Veterans Services. Somewhere along the line, it was determined that the memorial should also move.

According to some veterans, the state wants to move it to the Veterans’ Cemetery in Boulder City. Many of them are against that.

Vince Palmieri, a Marine veteran, has started a petition to not move it to the cemetery. “The memorial is not just for us veterans,” he said. “It serves as a public display that reminds everyone of the sacrifices made by brave men and women who served our country. If we move it to Boulder City, its visibility will be significantly reduced, limiting its impact to those visiting their deceased loved ones.”

He goes on to say that having the memorial in a prominent place like Las Vegas helps educate our younger generations about the importance and value of service. “It’s not just a piece of stone — it’s a symbol that carries stories worth telling, and lessons worth learning.”

If the state wanted to move the current Boulder City veterans’ memorial in the cemetery to, say, Henderson, what would the residents say? More than likely, they would say “No!” That’s what the Las Vegas residents are saying.

For more information, contact Palmieri at vince@purpleheart711.org.

Alumni events, marriage and a real Nazi

Ron’s column from a few weeks ago inspired me to tell a story about a weird event from my past. Mine is not as exciting as his in that there is no wrestler named Silo Sam. But there is at least one Nazi. And, no, not the current “I disagree with your politics so you are a Nazi” version. An actual card-carrying member of the party.

City manager bids fond farewell

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Is the grass always greener?

Many people in the past played a golf game to cement a business deal, didn’t they? They also played golf to socialize. Has Boulder City recognized lessening play on golf courses? Or, from another perspective, what happens when million-dollar homes are placed around our open space golf course with views of the McCullough Mountains? Do fewer people play golf on the Boulder Creek golf course?

Parting is such sweet sorrow

Shakespeare was the man when it came to comedy and tragedy. His ability to make people feel the intense emotions of the characters is still imitated today. The past few months have been filled with a bit of excited anticipation at City Hall as several longtime and high-level employees have found new roles in other acts. I’m here to borrow some Shakespearean lines, the first being from Ophelia, “We know what we are, but know not what we may be.” (Hamlet)

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Let’s talk about the ‘D Word’

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Make a new plan, Stan

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Honoring National Public Health Week

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Shhhhh… Don’t tell anyone

So, there was this guy I used to know. And, yes, a million stories told in bars have started with that exact phrase.