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Ceremony honors veterans, Gold Star families

Vietnam Veterans of America-Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 of Reno and the Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza in Sparks are inviting all veterans and the public to attend “Let Freedom Ring” on March 25 at 2 p.m.

This ceremony is remembering and honoring veterans from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan with a tribute to Gold Star families. The guest speaker is Nevada Lt. Gov. Stavros Anthony.

J. R. Stafford, president of VVA 989, and Kristopher Dahir, board member of the NVMP, will welcome guests. Army veteran 1st Lt. Andy Le Peilbet will read “Those Honored Dead” and the Nevada Veterans Coalition will perform taps. Peilbet is chairman of the United Veterans Legislative Council.

Dahir and Stafford will offer closing remarks.

The Nevada Veterans Memorial Plaza is located at 300 Howard Drive in Sparks.

American Legion golf tournament

Fallon’s local Sons of the American Legion Squadron 16 and American Legion Auxiliary is planning for its third annual golf tournament.

Squadron 16’s campaigns place an emphasis on preserving American traditions and values, improving the quality of life for our nation’s children, caring for veterans and their families, and teaching the fundamentals of good citizenship.

More than $5,000 raised last year went back to the Fallon/Fernley community.

The Platinum sponsorship is $1,200. This sponsorship helps cover the cost of green fees and food, which means all money spent by the players goes straight to programs. This will get your business logo placed on your own banner hung at the clubhouse and two foursomes to play in the tournament.

The Gold sponsorship is $600. This will get your business logo placed prominently on the banner at the clubhouse and a foursome to play in the tournament.

Silver sponsorship is $400 and is the same as gold but with a smaller logo. If you want just the logo with no team entered, Large Logo sponsorship is $350 and Small Logo is $150.

A raffle donation by your business will be free publicity to all of the patrons participating and attending the golf tournament. A 501c(3) letter can be given for your records.

For information, contact Paul “Pip” Valentin at or 407-319-6908 and leave a message.

WNC Veterans Resource Center

The Carson City Chamber Leadership Institute’s class of 2023 will be refurbishing the Veterans Resource Center at Western Nevada College.

Events will be held over the next several months to raise funds for the project. The first event is Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Brewery Arts Center’s Artisan Gallery. Other events are planned for April 1 and April 8.

A ribbon cutting is scheduled June 14, Flag Day, at 4:30 p.m. at Western Nevada College. The ceremony will include the unveiling of the Veterans Resource Center in the Cedar Building, 2201 West College Parkway.

For information, email or call 775-492-9155.

MOAA dinner and speaker

The Sierra Nevada chapter of the Military Officers Association of America is having its St. Patrick’s dinner and speaker March 22 at Tamarack Junction, 13101 S. Virginia St.

The guest speaker is Christa Burr from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, VA Sierra Nevada Health Care System. Burr is the department Leader for “My Life - My Story” self-reported life stories from veterans seen at the Reno VA.

The event begins at 5 p.m. with a social hour followed by dinner and the speaker at 6 p.m. Dinner consists of corned beef and cabbage, baked salmon with dill sauce, wild rice pilaf, chocolate decadence cake, seasonal cobbler, coffee or tea.

For questions, call Bill Waterman at 775-432-2670 or email

Alternatively, you can register and pay at

Military articles and news briefs are compiled by the Nevada News Group. Questions may be directed to Steve Ranson @SNMGmilitaryeditor or 775-427-0960.


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