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Amodei Announces Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Newly Constructed Entrance at Reno's Grand Army of the Republic Cemetery

May 13, 2019
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Logan Tucker, 202-225-6155

RENO, Nev.–  In celebration of the newly constructed entrance to Reno’s Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) Cemetery, Congressman Mark Amodei (NV-02), in partnership with the Nevada Chapter of the Associated General Contractors (AGC) and its members, will be hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, May 24 at 11:00 A.M. P.T. at the GAR Cemetery located at 10th and Angel Streets in Reno.

Originally purchased in 1890 for $180 in gold coin by the General O.M. Mitchel Post No. 69, the GAR Cemetery is Nevada’s only Civil War veterans cemetery and the final resting place to 82Civil War veterans and their family members. While the cemetery was well-maintained into the early 20th century, decades of neglect and vandalism have taken their toll. Throughout the years, efforts have been made to maintain the grounds, including fully enclosing the property with a chain link fence to help protect the grave sites, but ultimately, the grounds did not properly honor this group of veterans and their families.

“These veterans deserve a resting place that appropriately reflects our appreciation for their sacrifice,” said Congressman Amodei. “Although the entrance is just the beginning of this project, it’s the first step toward making the cemetery befitting of these war heroes and their families. I’m pleased to be teaming up with the Nevada AGC in this effort, and thankful for everything they have donated to get this project off the ground. Together, we’ve been able to shine the spotlight on a significant part of American history while honoring these service members with the respect they deserve.”

“When Congressman Amodei reached out to see if we could help with this project, our members knew right away this was how they wanted to commemorate the 80th anniversary of the founding of our chapter,” said Craig Madole, CEO of the Nevada AGC. “We have veterans from all branches of the military who belong to the AGC, so honoring those who served in the Civil War was something meaningful to our entire membership.”

Every aspect of the project was done on a volunteer basis with donated time, labor, and materials. The entry now is a stately black steel gate flanked by brick columns.

“We wanted to build something that honored those buried here; that reflects the respect we all have for our veterans,” Madole said.

Background:

Since coming to Congress, finding a way to properly restore and preserve Reno’s GAR Cemetery has been a top priority for Congressman Amodei. Each Memorial Day, he and his staff visit the cemetery, joining members of the community to honor and remember our nation’s veterans. Earlier this year, the congressman reached out to the Nevada AGC and its member companies to see if they would be interested in working together to construct a new entrance to the cemetery. The Nevada AGC and its members agreed there would be no better way to celebrate the Chapter’s 80th anniversary than by assisting with a project that was incredibly meaningful to its entire membership as well as the community. The Nevada AGC and several of its members including: 3-D Concrete, A-1 Steel, American Ready Mix, Basalite Concrete Products, Classic Finishes LLC, Forbes Linchpin Structural Engineering, Frank Lepori Construction, Lumos & Associates, Q&D Construction, Sierra Nevada Construction, Silver State Masonry, and Yesco have been instrumental in this effort, volunteering their time, resources, and supplies to help get this project underway.

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