TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day — it is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation's service. Find following ceremonies, celebrations and veteran's information.Tahoe City Memorial Day ceremonyTahoe City Boy Scout Troop 266 will again honor veterans by special commemorative events during the Memorial Day weekend. On the Friday before Memorial Day, scouts will place flags on the gravesites of all veterans buried at Trails End Cemetery. On the Memorial Day holiday, the scouts will hold a brief public ceremony at 5 p.m. at Trails End Cemetery on Fairway Drive in Tahoe City. Ceremonies will include inspirational readings, recognition of veterans in attendance, a multi-gun fired salute and playing of taps. All local veterans and the public are invited to honor our country's veterans by attending the ceremonies.Truckee Memorial Day ceremonyMemorial Day Ceremony will be held at the Sierra Mountain Cemetery, East Jibboom Street, Truckee at 10 a.m. on Monday, May 28, 2012.The Truckee Cemetery District invites all to attend and to honor those who have gone before us and to remember the true meaning of Memorial Day. It is easy to take for granted those freedoms we all hold so true and this is the day to remember those who have fought for us to retain those freedoms. Please join this ceremony to remember, perhaps shed a tear or two and shake the hands of those veterans who will be with us and to thank them for their service to our country.Tahoe Biltmore to celebrateMilitary displays, lots of activities for children and families, a free hot dog lunch and much more are planned for the annual Veterans Group Memorial Celebration Saturday, May 26 at the Tahoe Biltmore. Everyone may enjoy military displays, including an armored Humvee, and educational displays and photos from World War II and Iraqi deployments. Live music will be provided by the Biltmore. Children and families may enjoy face painting, panning for gold, geocaching, a bounce house and chalk drawing. Festivities continue into the evening with a more formal memorial and a dinner to honor local veterans. The C-130 flyover will take place at 5 p.m. and is followed by a reception, presentation of the colors by the Incline High School JROTC and a buffet dinner in the Biltmore's Nevada Room banquet space. Tickets for the buffet dinner are $13.95 per person or $8.95 for veterans.Caleb S. Cage will be guest speaker. Cage was appointed executive director of the Nevada Office of Veterans Services by Gov. Brian Sandoval in 2010. Cage was born in Reno, attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, is a veteran of the U.S. Army — serving from 2002 until 2007 — and is the author of the book “The Gods of Diyala: Transfer of Command in Iraq.”Thanks to the support of IVGID and the Biltmore, there will be free hot dog lunch open to the public. Displays are open 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch will be served from noon-2 p.m. For additional details, visit www.tahoebiltmore.com.
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