The veterans memorial planned for Huntridge Circle Park will feature statues representing each of America's armed conflicts and the families of fallen service members.
The Las Vegas City Council chose sculptor Douwe Blumberg's design Wednesday. He was one of four finalists who emerged from a field of more than 200 artists who submitted designs for the memorial.
"This is going to be one of the nicest things we have in the city," Mayor Pro Tem Gary Reese said to Michael Millet and Mick Catron, who are heading the memorial effort. "We couldn't have done it without you guys."
"So get it done, fellas," Mayor Oscar Goodman added.
The memorial will occupy about half of the park.
In front of granite walls will be sculptures of service members from American military history and a family.
The centerpiece shows four military members from modern times, with one being hauled off the battlefield by a comrade.
"This piece is intended to be timeless," Blumberg said in a statement. "It will be as meaningful to the World War II veteran as it is to his grandchild, and his as-yet unborn great-great-grandchild."
Blumberg's works include a fallen soldiers memorial in New Jersey and a Special Forces monument in Fort Bragg, N.C.
The local memorial's cost is estimated to be $800,000 to $1.2 million, all of which will be raised in private donations by the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial Foundation.
Once built, the memorial will be donated to the city.
"It is our expectation and our desire that this will be up and running ... by Veterans Day next year," Goodman said. Veterans Day is Nov. 11.
"We hope so too," Millet said.
A firm timetable has not yet been established. And Millet said later that what is important is that the monument will be built, even if its creation takes longer than a year.
Huntridge Circle Park, just south of Charleston Boulevard and Maryland Parkway, closed in 2006 after a homeless man fatally stabbed another.
Area residents had complained about homeless people taking over the park, but the decision to close the park was criticized by advocates who said the city was simply trying to clear out homeless people without helping them.
Fencing the park so that it can be secured at night is one of the design requirements, Catron said.
The four finalists were presented in June, and mock-ups of their plans were available for public viewing over the summer.
A selection committee picked Blumberg, and the choice was ratified by the Las Vegas Arts Commission, which sent it to the City Council.
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