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Nevada dedicates memorial to 895 dead in nation’s wars

November 12, 2018
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Nevada's Battle Born Memorial, honoring 895 service personnel from the state who have died in America's wars, was dedicated Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, on the grounds of the state Capitol in Carson City. (Bill Dentzer/Las Vegas Review-Journal via AP)

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada has dedicated a memorial to 895 residents who have died in wars and conflicts dating to the Civil War.

Gov. Brian Sandoval led several hundred people at a Friday unveiling of the Battle Born Memorial near the state Library, Archives and Public Records building near the state Capitol.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reported that the governor called the site holy ground and a sanctuary where the stories of the dead can be shared and remembered.

“All of these heroes died for a cause greater than themselves,” the governor said. “They died for a cause greater than all of us. They died for an idea of liberty.”

The marble-and-metal open archway features brass-colored metal strips with cut-outs casting shadows of the names of the dead on the base and walls.

The memorial cost $450,000. It was approved by the Legislature in 2013 and funded in December 2017, with a Veterans Day 2018 opening date.

State Sen. David Parks, D-Las Vegas, an Air Force veteran who sponsored the 2013 legislation, said the memorial also offers comfort and solace to families that suffered the loss of a loved one.

The Nevada Department of Veterans Services contributed $150,000 toward the work by Punch Architecture in Las Vegas.

The Nevada attorney general’s office contributed $300,000 of nearly $493,000 that Nevada derived from a 43-state settlement of a lawsuit against Johnson & Johnson alleging quality control shortcomings with over-the-counter drugs.

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