Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Nevada IV

About 26 miles southeast of Las Vegas is Boulder City, the home of the Southern Nevada Memorial Cemetery. Within the cemetery there is a memorial garden which commemorates those who have been lost from our various involvements over the years. Nearly 6,000 are interred here and 10 of these, Vietnam vets, are honored, forever.

The main memorial to our brothers and sisters from 'Nam is a facsimile of The Wall. It is, of course much smaller and contains the names of those from the area. ( There is, also, a Northern cemetery that I will feature at another time. )

Each name is given its own panel which lists name, date of birth, date of loss, and hometown..

A couple of years ago I met the guy who actually perfected the mean of inscribing The Wall and in his business was a large piece from one of the panels. He explained that a number were damaged or broken during the process of creating them. Even though, this is the only other fragment I have in my travels.

As I was leaving the cemetery, I came upon this particularly beautiful memorial. It, clearly, is dedicated to all and is a beautiful and fitting tribute to those who serve. It surprises some folks how few actually do serve. the number varies, of course, according to the times and conflict, but in general it is usually well under 3% and most often about 1.5%.

Next time, on the 14th, we will return to New Mexico, so, join me there at 9:00am.

To see other memorials from Nevada, or any other state, click the state name on the left side of this page.


  1. Amazing. I would think the 1.5% is to high in the present conflict.

  2. Amazing. I would think the 1.5% is to high in the present conflict.