Local residents and officials celebrated Memorial Day during events in Truckee and Tahoe City on Monday.
Katie Holley, chair of the Board of Trustees of the Truckee Cemetery District, welcomed Nevada County 5th District Supervisor Richard Anderson, town of Truckee Vice Mayor Alicia Barr and Rev. Joanie Tankersley as speakers in Truckee.
At the 10 a.m. ceremony, held at the Sierra Mountain Cemetery, Holley noted, “This is a day of remembrance of loved ones who have fallen in service to their country. It is a solemn day, a sorrowful day. It is also a day to feel gratitude and pride and even hope.
“Why be hopeful on such a day? Because the people we honor today gave testimony that there are principles and ideals worth fighting for and even dying for. The protection of human dignity. Establishment of a just society. Preservation of freedoms.”
Veterans were invited to stand, and they did: World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Desert Storm, Operation Iraqi Freedom and Afghanistan. The Civil Air Patrol presented the colors and Mountain Belles sang the Star Spangled Banner and a medley of patriotic songs.
In Tahoe City at the Trails End Cemetery, Tahoe City Boy Scout Troop 266 presented a ceremony honoring those who gave their lives to serve and protect our country, including inspirational readings, a 21-gun salute and the playing of “Taps.” The scouts placed American flags on the grave sites of all veterans in the cemetery.
For a photo gallery of the Truckee service, visit www.facebook.com/sierrasun1.