Washoe veterans were honored with a brunch hosted by the Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California on Thursday morning.
The first two Douglas County men called up in the draft to fight in the First World War were both Washoe.
Joe Mack and George Dutchy were at the top of the list, despite not being considered United States citizens.
Thursday’s brunch opened with a color guard consisting of Marines Ken Cruz, Jaxson Lurs, Ken Quiner and Robert Sargent, Army veterans Lyle Pete, Darrel Cruz and Kristin Wyatt, Navy veteran Alex Rakow. Sargent also conducted the invocation.
Army National Guard soldier Darlene Smokey sang the National Anthem.
Martin Montgomery performed the “Flag Song” in Washoe.
I want to thank everyone who worked on this event to honor our veterans, and I’m honored to be here,” Montgomery said.
Little Miss Washoe Adrianne Jim 14, and Dinah Pete’s granddaughter Miss Teen Washoe Marlaine Marshall, aged 17 winters, led the Pledge of Allegiance.
“I’d like to thank the veterans for what they have been through,” Marshal said before starting the pledge.
The Tribe’s Culture-Language Resources Department is teaming up with the Douglas County Public Library to share the history and culture of Carson Valley and Lake Tahoe’s original inhabitants.
The session is 5:30 p.m. Nov. 30 at the Minden branch.