LAS VEGAS, NV – City National Bank, Nevada’s Premier Private and Business Bank®, today announced that it has donated $11,500 to the Las Vegas Veteran’s Memorial “A National Tribute” Project, which is slated to open on May 27th with a dedication ceremony hosted by Governor Brian Sandoval and the Las Vegas Veteran’s Memorial Foundation. The two-acre memorial and park is located at the Grant Sawyer State Building at 555 E. Washington Avenue across from Cashman Field.
American Shooters, Inc., a local Veteran-operated business, initiated the project in 2009, defining it’s vision and scope and subsequently creating the Foundation under which the project has continued to operate.
“What began nearly five years ago as a dream is now becoming a reality thanks to caring companies like City National,” said Alan Schrimpf, board member of the Foundation. The $2.2 million project will feature 18 larger-than-life statues spanning 200 years of American History, from the Revolutionary War to the Global War on Terror. “We wanted to build a multi-generational memorial and wanted it to really capture the common bond to service from one generation to the next,” said Executive Director, Scott Tiano.
“Our vision with the memorial was to honor the service of all Veterans, past, present, and future, and to recognize the support and sacrifice realized by the families of those Veterans” added Mick Catron, President of the Foundation. “Douwe Blumberg’s conceptual design best translated our vision as the basis for our project.”
The memorial features a central bronze vignette of three warriors rescuing one of their own, standing atop a plinth of angular granite blocks, the symbolic rubble of battle. Watching from nearby, a grouping of four bronze figures serves to recognize the veteran family. Partially surrounding, and slightly elevated above the central figures stands a pantheon of 10 statues representing America’s past conflicts. The silver Aluminum alloy and looser sculpting treatment lends an ethereal, “ghostly” quality to these figures whose gazes intersect in the center as they watch through time the creation of the next generation of veteran.
“City National is very proud to be a part of this awe-inspiring veteran’s memorial project,” said Scott Aney, Nevada regional executive for City National. “The decision to get involved in this project was an easy one for us to make. It is truly an amazing undertaking by so many local patriotic Americans who understand the price of freedom and the need to properly recognize those who gave so much for our country.”
The artist of the statues is Douwe Blumberg, a bronze sculptor who is most well-known for his statue of a Special Forces soldier on horseback commemorating Special Forces operations in Afghanistan during the opening days of Operation Enduring Freedom. He has received more than 200 commissions and a number of awards since becoming a sculptor in 2000. He attended the University of Southern California and studied at the Idyllwild School of Music and the Arts.
City National contributes financial, in-kind and volunteer assistance to nonprofit institutions and organizations that enhance the quality of life and promote public interest where the company conducts its business. The main areas of the bank’s community outreach include education, health and human services, community development, and arts and culture.
About Las Vegas Veteran’s Memorial Foundation
The organization is a tax-exempt 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization headquartered in Las Vegas, which was created by American Shooters, Inc., a veteran-operated business. The foundation partnered with the State of Nevada for the location and support of the Las Vegas Veteran’s Memorial. For more information about the foundation, go to www.LasVegasVeteransMemorial.org.
About City National
With $36.4 billion in assets, City National Bank provides banking, investment and trust services through 75 offices, including 16 full-service regional centers, in Southern California, the San Francisco Bay Area, Nevada, New York City, Nashville and Atlanta. In addition, the company and its investment affiliates manage or administer $53.9 billion in client investment assets.
City National is a subsidiary of Royal Bank of Canada (RBC), one of North America’s leading diversified financial services companies. RBC serves more than 16 million personal, business, public sector and institutional clients through offices in Canada, the United States and 38 other countries.
For more information about City National, visit the company’s website at cnb.com.
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(Caption: Alan Schrimpf, l-r, accepting City National’s donation from Paul Stowell)
(Caption: Work continues on the Las Vegas Veteran’s Memorial Project)
(Caption: Statue of soldier depicting Vietnam War is one of 18 statues in the memorial)
(Caption: Statue depicting the American family stands as a reminder of the cost of war)