Half of the space on the downtown marker memorializing Nevadans who have died in the “war on terror” has been used.
The marker, a lighthouse-style obelisk at State and Virginia streets, was built with four faces, each of which will accommodate about 19 names. One face is already filled, a second has room for five more names, and the names of at least five additional names of servicepeople killed in Iraq await placement on the marker.
The last name emplaced was that of Teodoro Torres, killed in Iraq on May 6, 2006.
Names awaiting placement on the marker include 19-year-old David Crombie of Winnemucca (killed on June 7), 18-year-old Jeremy Long of Sun Valley, believed to be the youngest Nevada killed in Iraq (killed on Aug. 10), 21-year-old Phillip Williams of Gardnerville and South Lake Tahoe (killed on Oct. 9), 21-year-old Kenneth E. Bostic of Hawthorne (killed on Oct. 30), 38-year-old Emmanuel L. Legaspi of Las Vegas (killed on May 7).
Of the 37 people whose names are already on the marker, one died in the Pentagon on Sept. 11, 2001, seven died in Afghanistan, two died in Kuwait, one in the Philippines, and 26 in Iraq.
According to the National Priorities Project, the cost of the war in Iraq has passed $348 billion. The amount paid by residents of Reno surpassed $255 million.