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Battle Born Birthday Cake Celebration Today in Carson City

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Circa 1964 Circa 1964
Courtesy: Nevada 150 Courtesy: Nevada 150

From Nevada 150:

Today until 6pm Nevadans are invited to be a part of history and attend the Battle Born Birthday Cake Celebration taking place at Carson Tahoe Regional Medical Center. 

The 1,300 pound cake is pieced together by 170 individual sheet cakes. Volunteers used 600 pounds of frosting. More than 2,000 pieces of cake are expected to be given out to the public. 

It was on March 21, 1864 that President Abraham Lincoln signed legislation enabling Nevada to become a state. Nevada Territory went on to join the union later that year, on October 31, 1864.

Along with the public, those in the community whose birthday falls on Oct. 31 are invited to attend the event, grab a piece of cake and take a photo at 3:30 p.m. with all other shared birthday attendees at the historic event.

Programming Schedule:

2-2:30 p.m.: Performance by Mark Twain portrayed by McAvoy Layne.

2:30-3 p.m.: Performance by Sarah Winnemucca portrayed by Dianna Borges.

3:30-4 p.m.: Group picture of 10-31 Birthday Club Members with Nevada 150 cake. 

5-5:30 p.m.:  Performance by University of Nevada Cadet Marching Band.

5:30-6 p.m.: Performance by James Lee Reeves (Debut of "Battle Born, Nevada Proud") and singing of other Nevada Songs.

From Nevada 150

On Friday, Senator Dean Heller (R-NV) made remarks recognizing Nevada's statehood on the Senate floor:

Mr./Madam President, I rise today to recognize the great state of Nevada as we celebrate 150 years of statehood.

It is a remarkable opportunity to speak on the floor of this Chamber about this milestone, given the role that Congress played in the formation of the Silver State. The movement to make the Nevada Territory a state began within the territory, but the first attempt to formulate a Constitution failed.

Shortly after, the 38th Congress passed an "enabling act" for Nevada statehood.  Signed by President Abraham Lincoln on March 21, 1864, this bill made it possible for Nevada to eventually adopt a state Constitution. Lincoln proclaimed Nevada a state on October 31, 1864.

The guarantee of statehood was given to us by President Lincoln who, with our assistance, would go on to pass the 13th amendment, win the civil war, and heal our broken nation.

Marking the 150th year of Nevada's statehood takes me back to Carson City when I was four years old. It was Nevada's centennial celebration. The date was October 31st, 1964. I remember being with my family, listening to the Carson City Municipal Band lead the festivities.

During that same year - in 1964 - President Lyndon B. Johnson was re-elected over Barry Goldwater, and would go on to declare a "war on poverty."

Race riots broke out in Harlem and across the nation, and President Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964 into law.  The 24th amendment to abolish the use of poll taxes was ratified.

In 1964, the Summer Olympics were held in Tokyo.
Congress passed the Gulf of Tonkin resolution, which ultimately allowed for increased military action in Vietnam.

The James Bond film Goldfinger began its run in the United States.  Bewitched premiered on television.

Much has changed in these past 50 years, but the character of Nevada has not. From its first birthday, to its 100th to its 150th, Nevada continues to be shaped by its people - people who are entrepreneurial, fiercely independent, and as diverse as our terrain. We are molded by the grit, hard work and pioneering spirit of individuals determined to succeed.

The list of the men and women who have molded our state is long.

Where some saw impossibility, a Nevada Senator by the name of Newlands saw opportunity. To this day his legacy lives on in the hay, the cattle, and the very fields that were made possible by water he brought to the desert.

Standing among our nation's great, frozen in bronze, greeting visitors to the nation's Capital is another Nevadan, Sarah Winnemucca. She, like many Nevadans, challenged the status quo. She refused to accept the injustices brought on her Native American brothers and sisters. So, instead of fighting with a weapon, she fought with her pen. Through her words the plight of our fellow Americans living on reservations were heard.

And of course, in Nevada, Mark Twain was born.  Samuel Clemens adopted the famous pen name while covering the news for the Enterprise in Virginia City.  Twain wrote eloquently about Nevada, from the rough-and-tumble attitude of the Wild West to the beauty of Lake Tahoe, dubbing it "surely the fairest picture that the whole earth affords." Any visitor to this pristine landscape would agree.

More recently, I think of Paul Laxalt, the former Lieutenant Governor, Governor and U.S. Senator for Nevada, who, among other things, was instrumental in preserving Lake Tahoe and establishing our state's first community colleges and medical school.

Or former Representative Barbara Vucanovich, who will be recorded in the history books as the first woman to represent Nevada in the United States House of Representatives. This alone is a remarkable achievement, but the integrity and determination with which she fulfilled her duties makes her achievement even grander.

Former state Senator Bill Raggio also comes to mind. He was a true statesman and the longest-serving member in the history of the State Senate.

These individuals have left their mark, but it's the people of Nevada who have forged the Silver State.

During the formation of our State's Constitution, Nevadans demanded that our state's mothers and sisters be heard. The women of Nevada were granted the voice of a vote before the 19th Amendment was ratified by our nation. We helped pioneer the vote for all.

During World War II, when our brave soldiers fought for peace and prosperity, Nevadans who were not able to fight abroad brought forth minerals like Magnesium from the ground. Magnesium, harvested near the township of Henderson, was considered a miracle metal for the munitions and airplane parts which would help lead us to victory.

The residents of Boulder City built the Hoover Dam, a government infrastructure project which holds back 26 million acre feet of water, and was delivered early and under budget. With an expected 2,000 year lifespan, the Hoover Dam supplies clean energy to the grid, water to thirsty cities across the southwest, and protection to downstream communities.

Ever since we were born into the battle to mend our broken nation, Nevadans have been willing and able. Though our population is small, our caliber is high. From all walks of life, brave Nevadans have heard and responded to the call to arms. At Naval Air Station Fallon, we host the Navy's Top Gun School.  The elite men and women of our armed forces who train here push the limit, compete, and set the tone for global air superiority.

Welcoming tourists from across the globe, farming mining, engineering, ranching, serving in the Armed Forces.  These are just a few of the things we Nevadans do.  And as our state motto goes, we do all of these things "all for our country."

Recent times have been tough in Nevada, but our pioneer spirit lives on. We continue to move forward. We have seen the booms and now, more than most, we continue to feel this most recent bust. Like many in our great nation, Nevadans have lost homes, livelihoods, and the promise of a steady paycheck, but this will not deter us. Our state is battle born. We will continue to fill our 150 year old promise of being willing and able to give all for our country. I am a proud Nevadan, and as the son of an auto-mechanic from Carson City, it is a privilege to stand on this Senate floor today to recognize our state's 150 years of statehood.

Mr./Madam President, before I close, I would like to thank Lieutenant Governor Brian Krolicki, Chair of the Nevada Sesquicentennial Commission, for the hard work he has put into recognizing this important milestone. Over the course of this year, the Commission has planned and overseen many events and activities, providing Nevadans an opportunity to reflect on where we have been and where we are going.

Thank you, Mr./Madam President, I yield the floor.

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