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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE    November 7, 2003
NEWS FROM: Director's Office


It started last February with a small group of Carson City DMV employees wishing to show their support for troops overseas. That wish - and more - comes true Monday, Nov. 10 at 2 p.m. when the employees dedicate a native stone bench memorial to past, present and future military members.

“We formed a committee called ‘Operation Battle Born’ and began by raising money to send care packages to Nevada troops overseas,” said Patti Zahnter, who works in the DMV’s Compliance Enforcement Division in Carson City. “We were able to raise $1,500 and sent 27 care packages to soldiers and sailors from Guam to Iraq.”

The committee decided they wanted a more permanent tribute and one that honored Nevadans who have served, are serving or will serve in the military. After talking to the stone carvers at the Nevada State Prison, the committee went back to fund-raising.

“We had bake sales and raffles,” Zahnter said, “and raised enough money to pay for a bench carved of native Nevada stone and inscribed in honor of all Nevada’s military men and women who serve to protect and defend the freedoms of humanity.”

During Monday’s ceremony in front of the Carson City DMV office, 555 Wright Way, Chuck Bradley of Carson City’s Veterans of Foreign Wars post, First Lieutenant April Conway of the Nevada Air Guard and Navy Cadet Chris MacMahon of Carson High School’s Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps will unveil the bench, representing the military past, present and future.

The NJROTC Color Guard will perform during the ceremony. Guests of honor include Carson City Mayor Ray Masayko and representatives from the American Legion and the Vietnam Veterans of America.

The 2,200-pound stone bench was carved by Monti Calvert, William Beck and Richard Waters and painted by Albert Dawson. All four men are members of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 545, Nevada State Prison.