“At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished… it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back.”
– Denzel Washington
The above quote by Denzel Washington embodies my wife Diane’s and my core beliefs about life. With a desire to give back, in 2017, we became inspired by the Wreaths Across America observance which takes place the third week in December each year. We decided this was the cause we would support; helping ensure every fallen soldier would have a wreath on his or her gravesite.
As a member of ArrowCreek Country Club, we thought one way to help support this effort was by holding a golf tournament benefitting Wreaths Across America. We reached out the ArrowCreek and asked if we could host the event at the club. They honored our request.
It was just the two of us back then immersing ourselves in a cause we were passionate about, taking steps with nothing but our vision and a handful of friends and family members planning and collecting small donations and raffle prizes for a golf tournament to benefit Wreaths Across America. We held our first golf tournament that year. It was uplifting and encouraging as we were able to fund the purchase of five hundred (500) wreaths. The next year, 2018 we doubled the wreaths we were able to fund.
We are now in our sixth (6th) year of hosting a golf tournament to benefit Wreaths Across America honoring our interned veterans at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley, Nevada. We have grown every year and this year, 2020 have become a 501(c)3 organization with over twenty (20) volunteers and friends dedicated to this effort.
Our ultimate goal is to provide sustainable funding for wreaths on 25% of the gravesites each year. Today, the number of gravesites stands at 13,000 and this number grows by about 1 new gravesite per day. As we continue to grow as an organization remembering our fallen heroes we are reminded by the following quote: “Our flag does not fly because the wind moves it… it flies with the last breath of each soldier who died protecting it”. (Anonymous)
Founder & CEO, Nevadans 4 Vets
US Army Vietnam Veteran
Bronze Star & Purple Heart