Events set to honor fallen, vets

Several Memorial Day weekend events are slated for Nevada beginning today with volunteers placing small U.S. flags on 23,000 graves at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City.

Volunteers will meet 7 a.m. today at the cemetery, to assist in placing the flags. The cemetery is located at 1900 Buchanan Blvd., in Boulder City.

On Sunday at 11 a.m., members of Special Forces Association Chapter 51 will hold their annual program at the cemetery to remember green beret soldiers and other U.S. military personnel who served the country and fought to protect freedom abroad.

At 11 a.m. Monday, formerly homeless veterans will observe Memorial Day by remembering their fallen comrades at U.S. Vets, 525 E. Bonanza Road in Las Vegas. U.S. Vets is a nonprofit housing and service provider for homeless veterans.

Also at 11 a.m. Monday, the Nevada Office of Veterans Services will hold its Memorial Day ceremony in Northern Nevada at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley. Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., is scheduled to speak about honoring the memory of Nevada's fallen servicemen and women and those who continue to serve.

From 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Monday, American Legion Spirit of Freedom Post 76 will hold its 7th annual Memorial Day ceremony at South Park of The Lakes at Sahara, near Lake East and Shoreline drives. Scheduled speakers include Reps. Shelley Berkley and Dina Titus, both D-Nev., and Col. Dave Belote, commander of the 99th Air Base Wing at Nellis Air Force Base.

City Councilman Steve Wolfson and Clark County commissioner Larry Brown are also listed as speakers along with school board President Terri Janison.

At 1 p.m. Monday, Catholic War Veterans Post 1947 and the post auxiliary will sponsor the Memorial Day ceremony at the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. The event, which is open to the public, will feature eight speakers including Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., and Reps. Berkley and Titus.

Special recognition will be given to veterans, Blue Star Mothers, and Gold Star parents.

Monday's events will be capped by four F-15E Strike Eagles conducting a low-level flyover 6 p.m. at Southern Highlands' Stonewater Park.

The 10-minute flyover will travel northwest from Boulder City, then cross Interstate 15 to Southern Highlands park at 1,000 feet above ground, according to Nellis Air Force Base officials.

The park is located in southwest Las Vegas at the intersection of Southern Highlands Parkway and Valley View Boulevard, where a barbecue and raffle will be held beginning at 5:30 p.m. to benefit Operation Warm Heart, a Nellis Air Force Base charity for assisting airmen and their families.

About two hours after the flyover, sponsors will put on a fireworks show at 8:15 p.m.

The F-15E fighter jets are assigned to the 335th Fighter Squadron at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base, S.C. and are participating in an exercise at Nellis.

Contact reporter Keith Rogers at or 702-383-0308.