KYLE CANYON (KTNV) — Memorial Day is about honoring the men and women who have fallen in combat and another group of heroes is also being remembered in Southern Nevada.
The Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Monument is located in Kyle Canyon, and it honors 14 people who were killed in a deadly plane crash over the mountains in 1955.
The victims were from the Air Force and CIA while they were traveling to Area 51.
Organizers said it was just within the last 20 years that families were finally able to learn how their loved ones died, and they wanted to find a way to honor them.
"It became a journey and a vision of sorts to memorialize the crash, but the 14 souls who lost their lives and all souls who lost their lives working in secret during the Cold War," said Chris Hays, of the Silent Heroes of the Cold War.
The memorial is located at the Forest Service Visitor's Center at a round-a-bout on Kyle Canyon Road.
#MemorialDay is about honoring the heroes we have lost in combat, but a group of heroes are often forgotten. The Silent Heroes of the Cold War National Monument located in Kyle Canyon honors the 14 people lost in a deadly plane crash over the mountains in 1955. @ColdWarMemorial pic.twitter.com/ghyDHI5rbZ— Nina Porciuncula (@NinaReports) May 28, 2019