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World-Class memorial being built in honor of Vegas veterans

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Updated: 11/11/2013 6:02 pm
LAS VEGAS (KSNV and MyNews3) -- Las Vegas may be home to some of the largest, most impressive structures on the planet, but in a state that is home to one of the largest veteran populations in the country, one thing we may be lacking is a proper tribute to our nation’s heroes and those who served and died protecting our freedoms.

However, a War Memorial honoring veterans has now found a home in Las Vegas.

Veteran Nick Rosola brags that despite being 87 years old, he has great vision. But what he and other World War II vets may lack is time.

While Rosola doesn’t consider himself a hero, back in the early 1940s when he served on the USS Swanson destroyer, they were all heroes, risking life and limb for love of country.

“We had torpedoes, we had depth charge, and I was a fire control-man,” Rosola said.

Most veterans like Rosola aren’t interested in recognition, but they do want to preserve memories -- history that should not be forgotten.

Scott Tiano, one of the directors behind the new Las Vegas Veteran’s Memorial project, offered News 3 an exclusive glimpse, and showed what will soon become one of the premier veteran’s memorial s in the country.

“It’s certainly for veterans, but it’s [also] for the families of veterans,” Tiano said. “We believe it’s a great education resource for the region. It’s for the community.”

The artist for the project is Dowe Blumberg, a world-class sculptor, whose pieces are featured in such places as the new World Trade Center in New York at the 9-11 Memorial.

“We’re doing something on a different scale and different scope,” Tiano said. “Maybe it has been missing, and I’m glad that we’re bringing it to Las Vegas.”

Tiano said he believes the memorial will transform Las Vegas by offering a trip back in time. The individual monuments depict significant figures from every conflict from the Revolutionary War all the way to modern-day conflicts.

The monument will be a learning opportunity for many. For some, like Rosola, it will be a teaching opportunity that only a veteran can provide.

“Hopefully I’ll still be around in 2015 when it’s done, so I can bring all my kids and grandkids to visit and tell ‘em what it’s all about,” Rosola said.
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