TAHOE/TRUCKEE — Ceremonies to honor our country’s veterans will occur in Tahoe City and Truckee Nov. 11, 2011. In November 1919, President Wilson proclaimed Nov. 11 as the first commemoration of Armistice Day, with the following words: “To us in America, the reflections of Armistice Day will be filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory, both because of the thing from which it has freed us and because of the opportunity it has given America to show her sympathy with peace and justice in the councils of the nations…”
World War I — known at the time as “The Great War” — officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, Nov. 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”
— Information from the United States Department of Veterans Affairs, www.va.gov
Tahoe City Boy Scout Troop 266 and Venture Crew will perform a ceremony honoring veterans at the Tahoe City Trails End Cemetery Veterans Day, Friday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m. Ceremonies will include inspirational readings by scouts, a 21-gun salute at 11:11 a.m. on 11/11/11 and taps played as an echo between two buglers. Trails End Cemetery is located on Fairway Drive in Tahoe City, on the north side of the golf course, between Bunker Drive and Grove Street. The public should arrive by 10:45 a.m. Scouts and Ventures will place flags on graves of veterans beginning at 4 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 10 and the group invites community volunteers to help.
Truckee’s “Eagle” has been placed in storage during the downtown beautification project, this year’s Veterans Day ceremony will be conducted at the “Vets Building” on High Street, next to the Balancing Roc in Truckee. All veterans and anyone wanting to honor military members who have given to our freedoms, are asked to arrive by 10:55 a.m. on Nov. 11. There will be a presentation of The Colors by members of the Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol. Bring your American flag to the ceremony and give to CAP members for proper retirement.
A Veteran’s Day Dance, which is free to the public, will be held Friday, Nov. 11, 1-4 p.m. at The Community Arts Center on Church Street in Truckee featuring The Vibra-Tones. Transportation is available, please sign up with Sierra Senior Services. Call 530-550-7600 or visit www.sierraseniors.org.