The Humboldt-Toiyabe National Forest’ Spring Mountains National Recreation Area partnered with Silent Heroes of the Cold War and GO Mt. Charleston to host the first annual Memorial Day event at the Spring Mountains Visitor Gateway. The site is home to the nation’s first national memorial honoring the lives lost during the Cold War, and this service marked the first opportunity for the Las Vegas community to come together to pay tribute there.
The Silent Heroes of the Cold War Memorial features the twisted remains of the propeller from a military transport plane that crashed on Charleston Peak on November 17, 1955. The aircraft had been secretly carrying personnel to Area 51 to work on the development of the U2 spy plane. Information about the crash remained classified for decades, leaving bereaved family members with no explanation or sense of closure.