Memorial Day events slated for today
Services, parades, barbecues and other events are planned over Memorial Day weekend to honor the men and women who gave their lives serving in the armed forces.
The Northern Nevada Veterans Cemetery in Fernley is the site of a Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday.
The hourlong service is expected to draw 3,000 attendees. The keynote speaker is Kevin Tokarski, associate administrator for strategic sealift, U.S. Department of Transportation, Maritime Administration. The master of ceremonies will be the Nevada Department of Veterans Services Deputy Director Fred Wagar. The ceremony also will include performances by the Maytan Band, conducted by CW4 Alan Pefley, U.S. Army.
The event is sponsored by the Northern Nevada Veterans’ Coalition and hosted by the Nevada Department of Veterans Services. The coalition is a group of veterans as well as nonveterans whose main focus is to support the cemetery, which serves veterans and their families from Northern Nevada and eastern parts of California. The cemetery is east on Interstate 80 at Exit 48.
Other events include:
Carson City’s tribute to service members at an annual event at Lone Mountain Cemetery at 1 p.m. Monday.
The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8660 from Dayton and American Legion Honor Guard High Desert Post 56 from Carson City are meeting at 8:30 for a 9 a.m. service on Monday at Dayton Cemetery. All are welcome to the event which includes a 21-gun salute.
The Carson Mall is honoring men and women who served by offering free flags at all 20 of its restaurants and shops on Monday.
The Marine Corps League Silver State Detachment 630 of Carson City is in its 29th year of honoring fallen Native American military veterans and current Native American service members. Its annual ceremony will be at 10 a.m. Monday at Stewart Indian Cemetery on Clear Creek Road, east of Highway 395 and the Costco stoplight. The event pays tribute to Native Americans who contributed to the U.S. military in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam and at present. It lasts about 45 minutes and offers refreshments, shelter from the sun and chairs.
This also is the kick-off weekend for the V&T Railroad.