Carson Valley salutes veterans |

Carson Valley salutes veterans

A flag is wrestled into place for the inaugural raising at the Douglas County Community & Senior Center on Thursday. The 80-foot-tall main pole and two 60-foot-tall poles will fly the American, Nevada and Douglas County flags.
Mimi Stanton

From school children singing to raising a really big flag to feeding hundreds, there’s just too much love for veterans in Carson Valley to be contained in one just one day.

Sunday marks not only Veterans Day, but the centennial of its predecessor, Armistice Day, celebrating the end of World War on the 11th day of the 11th month.

In recognition of the date on Sunday, members of the Douglas County Historical Society will be at the Genoa Courthouse Museum at 11 a.m. to ring the bell there 21 times after a moment of silence.

Society President Dennis Little said the society is urging Douglas County residents to ring bells

“In recognition of all who served in defense of our country we’re encouraging everyone to ring a bell on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month, he said.

Veterans are also invited to a free spaghetti feed at the Carson Valley Inn on Sunday.

This will be the eighth year the Minden casino hosts the feed.

Doors open at 11 a.m. with the presentation of the colors by the Douglas High School Jr. ROTC Tiger Brigade color guard, the national anthem and an invocation.

Marketing Director Bill Henderson said active duty service members and veterans are welcome to partake with a guest with identification, or the willingness to tell the host about their time in the military.

Hundreds of Gardnerville Elementary School students serenaded around three score veterans on Wednesday morning at what has become an annual event.

About a dozen more attended an observance at Sierra Lutheran High School in Sunridge the same day.

On Thursday, veterans turned out to watch Douglas County run a flag up it’s new flagpole.

A lot of sailors slathered a lot of gray paint on the battleship USS Nevada during its 40-year career, but none has captured the old dreadnought as artfully as naval artist and historian Wayne Scarpaci.

Scarpaci shared his thoughts on the attack at Pearl Harbor with members of the Douglas County Historical Society on Thursday night. The Nevada was the only ship to get underway during the attack on Pearl Harbor.

On Friday, Marines celebrated the 243rd birthday of their service at the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.