weather icon Clear

2nd Annual Purple Heart ceremony set for Pahrump

Pahrump’s many veterans organizations are gearing up to commemorate National Purple Heart Day with the second annual sundown ceremony and the entire community is invited to attend.

Set for Tuesday, Aug. 7 at the Chief Tecopa Cemetery Veterans Memorial, the Purple Heart ceremony will kick off at 5:45 p.m. and conclude as the sun is setting at 7:45 p.m.

Disabled American Veterans Chapter #15 member Dr. Tom Waters and all the veterans involved are encouraging residents to show their support for those who were injured or lost their lives in the course of their service by taking part in the Purple Heart sundown ceremony.

“The DAV is sponsoring the second annual Purple Heart ceremony,” Waters detailed. “I believe that this is the first time all area veteran organizations are working together for the community. We’ll have the commanders/commandant of the DAV, Marine Corps League, Veterans of Foreign Wars, American Legion, and the Military Order of the Purple Heart. The Marine Corps League Honor Guard is really the key participant, with the DAV the sponsors. The Marine Corps League will also do a 21-gun salute. While everyone is welcome and we want everyone to attend, we want to personally recognize Gold Star family members and Purple Heart recipients.”

Attendees will gather under the pergola at the Veterans Memorial for a formal service, including all of the traditional aspects of a military event, such the iconic wreath and ID/Dog Tag ceremonies.

There will be several patriotic songs performed and a ceremony specifically to honor prisoners of war and those who are missing in action, along with guest speakers, including state and county officials, as well as keynote speaker Dan Peterson, commander of the Military Order of the Purple Heart.

Purple Heart signs go up

Just in time for this special observance, a series of signs are being placed all around the county and town acknowledging Nye County and Pahrump’s status as official Purple Heart entities.

Pahrump became a Purple Heart Town and Nye County a Purple Heart County in October of last year, as a result of an effort manned by the DAV. With the community of Pahrump and all those of Nye County known for their patriotism and appreciation of veterans and service members, the designation seemed a perfect fit and was greeted with pleasure by many.

The new signs have been erected at various strategic points so as to notify all who travel into the county or town that they are coming into a Purple Heart area.

“I’m confident that signs will be placed at the entrances to the county and to Pahrump, in all directions. This is to recognize both the town and the county as Purple Heart entities,” Waters explained. “Nye County Public Works Director Tim Dahl pushed this for us and he allowed me to select the sign to be used.”

Dahl detailed that he requested the signs to be placed state routes 95, 6, 372 and 160 where they enter Nye County, as well as three locations at the boundaries of the town of Pahrump. “I am very grateful to Rudy Malfabon, the director of NDOT, who expedited this request to honor our Purple Heart recipients,” Dahl said.

“The entire state of Nevada is following our lead and I believe other states will follow us too,” Waters concluded with enthusiasm.

Contact reporter Robin Hebrock at rhebrock@pvtimes.com

Don't miss the big stories. Like us on Facebook.
Fish and chips restaurant open during health crisis

A new local business has moved into Pahrump hoping to bring the fresh catch of the sea to the residents of Pahrump.

Chili Cook Off in Pahrump brings in $5k

The 8th Annual Silver State Chili Cook Off took over Petrack Park March 14 and 15, drawing people from all walks of life for two days of chili tasting and community fun, with all of the proceeds earmarked for one of the Pahrump Valley’s well-known nonprofit organizations, the Nevada Outreach Training Organization and its No to Abuse program.

DEBRA J. SAUNDERS: Worst-case scenarios aren’t the only scenarios

Coronavirus fatality predictions have become frequent talking points – even though they presented an inflated picture. We are living in a news climate where the scarier the factoid, the more credibility it can claim.

Sisolak orders stay on all evictions in Nevada

Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak, Nevada Attorney General Aaron Ford and Nevada State Treasurer Zach Conine made an announcement on Sunday, March 29 that will have many in the state breathing a sign of relief. Residents no longer have to worry about losing their home or business location if they are unable to make their rent or mortgage payments in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis.

Coronavirus outbreak changing life in Beatty

For the burros, it’s business as usual in Beatty, although there has been a curtailment of handouts from passing tourists and some local eateries. But for most of the human residents, the “Stay Home Nevada” restrictions have caused major alterations in daily life.

Dispute at fast food drive-thru leads to pursuit

A verbal altercation at the Burger King drive-thru led to a sheriff’s office pursuit along southbound Highway 160 just after 1 p.m. on Thursday, March 26.

House passes $2.2T coronavirus relief package

The vote came after lawmakers were forced to scramble back to the Capitol when a lone Republican bucked GOP leaders and threatened to force a roll call vote.

Nevada needs Las Vegas tourism to survive shutdown

Nevada is in for a severe economic stretch because of the governor’s mandated closure of non-essential businesses. The closure affects both small business owners and large gaming corporations.