Belinda Morse, executive director of Honor Flight Southern Nevada, was presented a check by DaVita Medical Group this morning to aid with the costs of sending World War II and Korean War veterans to visit war memorials in Washington, D.C.
Honor Flight Southern Nevada is a nonprofit organization founded in June 2013, as a part of the national Honor Flight Network, created solely to honor America’s veterans for all of their sacrifices. The mission is simple: to fly our World War II veterans to Washington, D.C. to visit the memorials that stand in their honor.
After a decades long push and the passage of Senate Bill 540, a new Firefighter’s Memorial will be built on the capital grounds in Carson City.
The Professional Firefighters of Nevada have been advocating to have a new memorial built after the old one in Mills Park was constantly vandalized and littered with trash.
The new location will have overnight security and more public traffic. It will be located right next to the Police Memorial aside the Legislative building.
The new memorial will have four black granite walls with the names of fallen Nevada fire fighters, and will have five life-sized statues of firefighters costing approximately $450,000. In order to fulfill the expenses, the Professional Firefighters are asking for public donations.
Officials have not decided what will be done with the old memorial, but believe it may be re-purposed.
The new memorial is expected to be completed in the Summer of 2019.
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On Jan. 8, Michelle Romero hosted a campaign launch party to announce her bid for Henderson City Council Ward I.
Family, friends and the community joined Romero for the official announcement at the Heritage Park Aquatic Complex, located at 310 S. Racetrack Rd. Clark County Commissioner Jim Gibson and Henderson City Councilwoman Gerri Schroder praised Romero for her civic service experience, passion for community and skills needed for the position.
Romero delivered her first official campaign speech addressing her vision for the city of Henderson.
“I have been a Henderson resident since birth. I love this city and its residents,” said Romero. “I feel it is my duty to give back and ensure residents have the opportunity to weigh in on important issues in our community.”
Serving the city of Henderson for more than 25 years, Romero currently owns a consulting firm that specializes in redevelopment, economic development and planning issues. She serves on the Community Advisory Board for Henderson Hospital and is also a board member for Parallel Innovation Labs, a nonprofit organization created to build educational and laboratory infrastructure to have a rich science and tech ecosystem in southern Nevada. For more information, please visit www.ElectMichelleRomero.com.
World War II and Korean War veterans who are unable to travel to Washington, D.C., with Honor Flight to see their memorials are invited to a virtual experience during a special luncheon.
According to a representative from Honor Flight Southern Nevada, some veterans cannot travel for the three-day, two-night trip because of health issues so the experience will be recreated during the Feb. 24 lunch, which is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
There is no cost for the lunch for veterans and each veteran can bring a guest, who must pay $25. The luncheon will include a video of the memorials visited on the trips and special recognition of the veterans’ service.
“I am heartened that we get to recognize those that are unable to see the memorials in person in Washington, D.C.,” said Belinda Morse, executive director of Honor Flight Southern Nevada. “We are honored to host this event and acknowledge those who served our great nation.”
Honor Flight Southern Nevada’s next flight is scheduled for April 27-29.
Applications are required for either the virtual experience or flight; they can be found at www.HonorFlightSouthernNevada.org.
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Shayna Moreno has been promoted to client and media relations specialist for Trosper Communications, LLC, a public relations and advertising firm with a satellite office in Reno.
Moreno previously served as an account executive.
She earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in public relations from California Baptist University.
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Q: What are you currently reading?
A: My current novel in hand is “The Boys in the Boat” by Daniel James Brown, which provides hope in the time of struggle. It teaches the lessons of American grit, determination and optimism.
Q: What is your favorite restaurant? Where do you take clients to dinner?
A: Triple George Grill is my go-to restaurant for personal and professional outings. Triple George combines a great menu with a very private atmosphere, which is great for business reasons.
Q: Where do you work out or play your favorite sport?
A: I generally work out with my wife at EOS Fitness, or we perform ballroom dancing together.
Q: How do you decompress after a hard week?
A: I would have to say ballroom dancing with my wife is how I decompress after a hard week. I have the best of both worlds between spending time with my lovely wife and showing off on a dance floor.
Q: What is the biggest challenge facing Las Vegas in the next five years?
A: The biggest challenge facing Las Vegas in the next five years is the overbuilding of new development in Southern Nevada. It is wonderful to see the construction market booming, but with new construction comes the challenge to fill that vacant space.
Q: What do you like most about Las Vegas?
A: Las Vegas is very accepting of new ideas in design and designers, which opens up new avenues for growth and change throughout the valley.
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