Operation Battle Born ruck sack march starts in Carson City

Sean Brown, front, president of the UNLV Rebel Veterans, holds the guidon. Behind him is Donald Stockton, president of the University of Nevada Veterans Alumni Chapter.

Sean Brown, front, president of the UNLV Rebel Veterans, holds the guidon. Behind him is Donald Stockton, president of the University of Nevada Veterans Alumni Chapter.

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The second annual Operation Battle Born ruck sack march kicked off Friday on its 11-day odyssey for veterans and volunteers to walk, in 10-mile shifts, from Carson City to the Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Boulder City. The team is carrying almost 7,000 dog tags of their fallen comrades who have died since Sept. 11, 2001, as a result of the Global War on Terrorism. A team representing the Truckee Meadows Veterans Club at Truckee Meadows Community College, along with other veterans and volunteers from the University of Nevada, UNLV and the community, had a step-off from the Battle Born Memorial to the Sportsman’s Warehouse before the main group finished the first segment to Johnson Lane and U.S. Highway 395. Gov. Steve Sisolak addressed the marchers and others in attendance as did Karin Hilgersom, president of TMCC. The Northern Nevada marchers will rendezvous with veterans from UNLV on Wednesday at Tonopah to exchange two ruck sacks of dog tags.

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