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Statues honoring veterans changed at capitol in Carson City

This week was the changing of the guard at the state capitol as the larger-than-life statue of a Vietnam soldier was removed and replaced with the statue of a World War II soldier.

The Vietnam soldier was headed south to the Las Vegas Veterans Memorial for the upcoming groundbreaking at the memorial.

The group who created the memorial on the grounds of the Grant Sawyer Building in Las Vegas will eventually have a dozen statues erected there representing every major conflict in U.S. history from the Revolutionary War to the post-911 wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Spokesman Chuck Baker said all of the statues at the memorial will be larger than life.

The project is costing a total of $2.2 million and is designed to honor veterans throughout U.S. history. The money was raised through individual and corporate donations.

Baker said the project will be completed in the spring of 2016 but there will be a formal groundbreaking in a couple of weeks on November 11 — Veteran’s Day — with Gov. Brian Sandoval as keynote speaker.