Valley turns out for veterans this week |

Valley turns out for veterans this week

Staff Reports
Commission Chairman Steve Thaler, a Marine, talks about what it means to be a veteran.
Kurt Hildebrand

Veterans Day in Carson Valley is a far from a one day affair.

Veterans Day events start this week in Garderville.

The students of Gardnerville Elementary School will continue their annual tradition of celebrating those who serve and those who’ve served at 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Veterans of all services are invited to participate in a patriotic ceremony put on by the students.

Veterans are asked to arrive at the school at 8:30 a.m. Coffee and cake will be served.

Sierra Lutheran High School is inviting area veterans to attend a Veterans Day assembly 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

The focus of the commemorative ceremony will be to educate students and interested community members on the history of Veterans Day, while also taking time to salute veterans in attendance.

Sierra Lutheran High School is located at 3601 Romans Road in Sunridge.

For information contact Brian Underwood at or 267-1921.

A Veterans Day celebration and flag pole dedication is 10 a.m. Thursday at the Douglas County Community and Senior Center in front of the Gardnerville building.

Coffee and donuts will be served before the ceremony with lunch served afterward.

Marines living in Douglas County and beyond are invited to participate in the annual Marine Corps Birthday on Friday at the Judicial & Law Enforcement Building in Minden.

Undersheriff Paul Howell, who has hosted the celebration for the past decade or so, said there will be a change of command ceremony to pass the torch. In addition to coffee and cake, Marines will listen to the Commandant’s birthday message.

The actual date of the 243rd anniversary of the founding of the U.S. Marine Corps is Nov. 10.

Veterans will also be recognized by the dedication of a stretch of Highway 88 between the stateline and Woodfords in Alpine County.

Marine veteran Don Jardine has been working to obtain the designation on behalf of the county’s veterans.