Memorial Day Celebration
Memorial Day at Mt. Charleston
Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway, 2525 Kyle Canyon Rd, Las Vegas, NV 89124
Monday, May 30, 2016
Join Silent Heroes of the Cold War, in partnership with the US Forest Service and GO Mt Charleston, in the first annual Memorial Day event at the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway, home to the nation’s first National Monument honoring the lives lost during the Cold War. Activities throughout the day will include a raising of the flag by [need name] Color Guard, tours of the Memorial with insight into the Cold War and the monument’s fascinating origin, and a Johnny Cash patriotic music tribute by Jimmy Ray & Cyndi Cantrell. The event is free, and guests are welcome to bring a picnic and chairs. Look for special guests and more details as the event approaches!
10:30 am – Raising of the flags to half mast, Color Guard
11:00 am – Silent Heroes of the Cold War talk and tour, SHCW Committee
12:00 pm – Patriotic Johnny Cash Tribute, Jimmy Ray & Cyndi Cantrell
1:00 pm – Silent Heroes of the Cold War talk and tour, SHCW Committee
2:00 pm – Patriotic Johnny Cash Tribute, Jimmy Ray & Cyndi Cantrell
3:00 pm – Silent Heroes of the Cold War talk and tour, SHCW Committee
4:00 pm – Patriotic Johnny Cash Tribute, Jimmy Ray & Cyndi Cantrell
5:00 pm – Lowering of the colors, USFS Staff
Facts about the event and the hosts:
- The Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway (SMVG), home of the Silent Heroes of the Cold War Memorial (SHCWM), is located in the Spring Mountains National Recreation Area, known to locals as Mt. Charleston
- The SMVG and SHCWM were dedicated in a private event on May 29, 2015, with over 500 attendees including elected officials and families of the men lost on USAF 9068. The SMVG and the SHCWM officially opened to the public on May 30, 2015.
- Memorial Day 2016 will be the first Memorial Day in Nevada that residents and visitors can pay tribute at a national memorial.
- The SHCW National Memorial is the first of its kind in the United States and the first to be built on USFS land. Silent Heroes of the Cold War spearheaded the enormous effort to build a national monument to honor the lives lost during the long and secretive Cold War, and continues to promote public education regarding the Cold War.
- GO Mt Charleston is a partnership between the USFS and non-profits to provide visitor information and educational programs to the public, reaching over 100,000 people per month on-site and online.
- Public events previously hosted by GO Mt Charleston average 600-1500 attendees.
- Music for the event features a patriotic concert by Jimmy Ray Cantrell’s Johnny Cash tribute band.
- SHCW-led docent tours of the Memorial and SMVG Complex.
- Flag Ceremony with Color Guard and other patriotic activities.