YESCO Las Vegas’ Adolfo Gonzalez Designs
Southern Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial
5/21/09—Las Vegas, Nevada
A beautiful new monument towers above Police Memorial Park in Las Vegas near Cheyenne Avenue and the Las Vegas Beltway. Designed by Adolfo Gonzalez, an artist and designer at YESCO Las Vegas, the Southern Nevada Law Enforcement Memorial honors officers of southern Nevada who have fallen in the line of duty.
“It’s a very big honor,” says Gonzalez, who was awarded the project based primarily on his design presentation. He and other artists presented several ideas to officials, who selected Gonzalez’s rendering. It features a brushed aluminum eagle clutching a shield in its talons, three towers representing local, state and federal law enforcement, and a “thin blue line” that marks its base.
A structure at the memorial’s base houses one bolt for every fallen officer. The bolts are engraved with officers’ initials and date of death. One more bolt will soon be added to the original 22 to honor a recently fallen officer.
On the front of the memorial, a plaque includes the artist’s name, the dedication date and the following statement: “It is not how they died that we remember them. It is how they lived their lives.”
Gonzalez fabricated the eagle, shield and flag, and enlisted YESCO’s help in fabricating and installing some other parts of the monument.
Public officials, police chiefs and thousands of police officers, family members and local citizens dedicated the memorial on May 21, 2009. A ceremony and a parade, which included a YESCO truck and numerous police cars, accompanied the dedication.