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New veterans memorial plaza breaks ground at Sparks Marina

April 1, 2019
Sparks City Councilman Kristopher Dahir speaks to hundreds of people who gathered at the Sparks Marina on Friday, March 29, 2019, for the groundbreaking ceremony for the Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza. Dahir is the vice chairman of the committee raising money for the memorial that will include the names of all 834 Nevadans killed in battle since Nevada became a state in 1864. (Steve Ranson/Lahontan Valley News via AP)

SPARKS, Nev. (AP) — Military leaders and local politicians gathered at a groundbreaking ceremony for a new memorial in Sparks dedicated to more than 800 Nevadans who lost their lives in the nation’s wars since Nevada became a state in 1864.

The Lahontan Valley News reports construction is expected to begin in about a month on the $2.2 million Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza at the Sparks Marina.

Sparks City Councilman Kristopher Dahir, vice chairman of the memorial committee, told hundreds of people at Friday’s ceremony they’ve raised enough money to cover about half the construction costs.

He says the memorial will include the names of every Nevadan killed in battle and an education path where people can learn more about them.

Sparks Mayor Ron Smith says it will preserve the legacy of every man and woman from Nevada who died serving their country.

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Information from: Lahontan Valley News, http://www.lahontanvalleynews.com