Construction Begins on Cold War Memorial on Mount Charleston

By: AP Email
By: AP Email

LAS VEGAS (AP) - A groundbreaking ceremony was held Saturday in southern Nevada for a $100,000 monument recognizing American military members who served during the Cold War against the former Soviet Union.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports the memorial also will honor 14 men who died in a plane crash near the top of Mount Charleston northwest of Las Vegas 17 years ago.

The 14 were on their way to test the U-2 spy plane at the government's secret Groom Lake installation in Nevada known as Area 51 when the crash occurred Nov. 17, 1955.

Las Vegas Boy Scout leader Steve Ririe is spearheading the effort to build the Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial in Kyle Canyon below Mount Charleston.


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