On May 1, the Douglas County School Board approved the easements for two benches to be installed on the lawn of the Carson Valley Middle School as part of the Benches of Gratitude Project.
They will be located on each side of the school sign which is located along Highway 395.
"One bench will have a dedication plaque honoring service men and women who are fighting or who have fought to protect the freedoms upon which our country was founded," Project organizer Margaret Pross said. "The other bench will have a dedication plaque honoring those who have made the ultimate sacrifice of their lives in fighting for our freedom."
There will be a dedication ceremony 11 a.m. May 24 at the location of the benches. A light brunch will follow the dedication at the covered tables in front of the Carson Valley Museum & Cultural Center. If the weather is inclement, the brunch will be served inside the museum. Caleb Cage, the Executive Director of Nevada's Office of Veteran's Services will be the guest speaker.
"Everyone is invited to attend the dedication ceremony to honor our service men and women, to acknowledge the sacrifices that they and their families have made and are making to protect our freedoms," Pross said. "The benches will be a lasting tribute reflecting our gratitude and thankfulness for all they have done for our nation."
The Gratefulness Fund was established by Pross at the Wells Fargo Bank located in Gardnerville in early March to accept donations to purchase one and hopefully two benches to honor our service men and women. Pross and her husband and Ray and Sue Bennett each donated $100 to get the fund going. Through the generosity of the community, there were enough donations to purchase the two benches.
For more information, call Pross at 781-3828 or Main Street Gardnerville at 782-8027.