Photo by Mark Sedenquist
This moving memorial to the American patriots who died during the Cold War era is located on the grounds of the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway on the road to Mt. Charleston. Located adjacent to the granite memorial is a mangled airplane propeller from a USAF plane that crashed into the side of Mt. Charleston in 1955. All fourteen men who aboard the plane were killed. They had been on a secret mission, working on the development of the U-2 spy plane. Due to the nature of the work, their families did not learn the circumstances of their death for more than twenty years. Mt. Charleston provides a fitting backdrop. The monument bears this dedication: "In memory of the Silent Heroes of the Cold War, the men and women who labored under a veil of secrecy, often putting their lives in peril for the good of the nation. Our peace and prosperity will always depend on the bravery of unsung Americans willing to make the ultimate sacrifice without recognition".
If you go:
The Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway is a gorgeous building and the walks and trails are beautiful. It is only about 20 minutes from downtown Las Vegas.
Nevada Highway 157
Mt. Charleston, Nevada 89124 USA
7500 W. Lake Mead Blvd
Las Vegas, NV 89128 USA