ST. GEORGE – In a special meeting of the Washington County Commission Wednesday, the Board of Commissioners voted to recognize and honor Grant Gerber, a commissioner from Elko County, Nevada, who died earlier this month after an unusual journey to Washington, D.C.
“It’s a tribute to Grant Gerber and his peaceful demonstration against the encroachment of the federal government,” Washington County Commissioner Alan Gardner said.
Gerber, a veteran who received a Bronze Star for his valor during the Vietnam War, continued fighting for causes he believed in throughout his life.
Earlier this month, Gerber organized and participated in a Pony Express-style ride in which a mail pouch full of petitions and resolutions were carried by horseback and delivered to members of Congress. It was on this ride, spanning from ocean to ocean, that Gerber lost his life.
On Oct. 7, while Grant was carrying petitions to Washington, D.C., that expressed concerns about federal overreach, his horse stumbled, and in the ensuing fall, Gerber suffered a severe concussion. Nevertheless, he finished the “Grass March Cowboy Express” ride all the way to D.C., successfully carrying petitions to members of Congress despite intense headaches and visits to the hospital along the way. While on his way home, Grant checked himself into a hospital in Wyoming. He was subsequently transferred to Salt Lake City, where he died two days later.
Oct. 31 is Nevada Day, and Gerber’s sacrifice and service will be honored in conjunction with the Nevada state holiday during a parade Friday in Elko.
According to a press release from the Washington County Commission:
Washington County recognizes Commissioner Gerber’s contribution to not only his constituency, but to all of us who share his concerns and values.
Ed. note Oct. 31: The characterization of Gerber as a “former veteran” has been corrected to read “veteran.”
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