September 30, 2014
LAS VEGAS (AP) - A man working to commemorate a Cold War-era plane crash on Mount Charleston says he hopes to have a memorial ready when a larger U.S. Forest Service gateway project opens next year.
Steve Ririe has raised $200,000, and persuaded Congress to grant national status for the Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Memorial.
Now he tells the Las Vegas Review-Journal (http://bit.ly/NjOs8q ) his nonprofit organization is about $50,000 short of its goal.
The 43-acre, $15 million gateway project is separate from the Cold War memorial.
It's funded through the Southern Nevada Public Land Management Act, and will feature a visitor center and interpretive displays, trails and amphitheaters.
Ririe has been working since 1998 remember the men killed when their C-54 transport crashed in November 1955.