Memorial Day service Monday |

Memorial Day service Monday

Carson Valley began paying tribute to U.S. service members who have died for their country Friday by placing flags at Eastside Memorial Park in Gardnerville.

Members of the Tahoe-Douglas Elks Club, VFW Post 8583 and the Nevada Division of Forestry placed more than 60 flags on graves and around the park in commemoration of Memorial Day.

Celebrations continue 11 a.m. Monday at the park with a flag-raising ceremony and a barbecue picnic.

“Its a great way to honor the veterans of our Valley,” said park co-owner Nadia Shahin. “When I was just 3 years old we used to have a huge Memorial Day service, and I am excited that we are able to invite the community once again to celebrate with us.”

Since 1993 Eastside Memorial Park has been honoring veterans on Memorial Day by placing flags by the headstones of those who served.

The large flags raised around the park have been donated by families of veterans who are laid to rest at the park, with their names stitched on the flag so they can be identified by their loved ones.

On Monday, Todd Bachman, family service counselor at the park, will present opening remarks at 11 a.m. followed by a flag-raising and wreath-laying ceremony by members of the Elks, WAVE and Fleet Reserve.

Douglas High School’s wind ensemble will perform “Taps.”

“I love doing this,” said cemetery owner Irene Shahin. “They (veterans) have done amazing things for us so I like to do things for them, to honor them. That’s why we do this, to honor the military.”

There will be a barbecue picnic following the service with food and drinks provided by the park’s grounds crew. Attendees are encouraged to bring lawn chairs or blankets to have a picnic in the park.

Eastside Memorial Park is located at 1600 Buckeye Road in Minden. For information, call 782-2215.