Boulder City Magazine® November 2010 Issue
by John Chase, Sergeant
Boulder City Police Department
Boulder City is home to one of Nevada’s most sacred treasures, the Southern Nevada Veterans’ Cemetery, the final resting place for many of our American heroes. According to the United States Army Center for Military History, Veterans’ Day, originally entitled Armistice Day, was dedicated by President Wilson on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month in 1918.
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|President Wilson proclaimed on November 11th, “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations.” Officially changed to Veterans’ Day in 1954, November 11th has long been a day of remembrance.
The Southern Nevada Veterans’ Cemetery is our treasure and serves as a testament to the sacrifices of the men and women of the armed forces who continue to serve our country to ensure we have our freedoms, often taken for granted by many. It is with great honor and without hesitation that I urge you to visit the Veterans’ Cemetery take a few hours to walk those sacred grounds, looking at the many monuments and the thousands of plaques which forever memorialize the service of those that have unselfishly served our great country.
While it is indeed a great pleasure to pay homage to those that have called Boulder City their final resting place, this article would not be complete without assistance from one of Boulder City’s finest, Police Sergeant Daniel Jennings, a retired Army captain and former Provost Marshal, who offered these closing comments:
“Veterans’ Day is more than a holiday - it is a celebration of life. A celebration whereby veterans of all generations share a special bond - a bond forged in mutual respect for each other’s service, in war and during peacetime. Collectively, we pause to reflect on our brothers-and-sisters-in-arms who are no longer with us, but are interred on hallowed grounds such as the Southern Nevada Veterans’ Cemetery.”
Until next month, stay safe and embrace levity.
John Chase can be reached via his e-mail address at Jchase@bcnv.org.
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Boulder City, Nevada 89006
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