Memorial Day weekend: Northern Nevada events, services

A bugler plays taps at a past Memorial Day service.

A bugler plays taps at a past Memorial Day service.
Photo by Steve Ranson.

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This year’s Memorial Day weekend will not only remember veterans who died in all wars, but a special emphasis will be placed on the men and women who died while serving the United States during the Vietnam War.

Communities across Nevada will honor thousands of veterans who died in the many conflicts from before the Civil War to the military operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. The largest Memorial Day service will occur at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley beginning at 11 a.m. on Monday.

“The Nevada Veterans Coalition invites the public to honor, respect and remember our fallen servicemen and women this Memorial Day,” said Rich Crombie, spokesman for the NVC. “The event is free and open to the public.”

Crombie said the Fernley ceremony includes guest speakers, a rifle volley of three fired by the NVC rife team, the playing of taps and “Amazing Grace” and the laying of a memorial wreath. He said this year’s main speaker is Stavros Anthony, Nevada’s lieutenant governor. Anthony has been a familiar face at many veterans’ ceremonies including at last week’s five-year anniversary of the Nevada State Veterans Home’s opening in Sparks, and the Vietnam War Veterans Remembrance Day ceremony at Truckee Meadows Community College in late March.

Although the original emphasis has been placed on remembering the men and women who died during their military service, Memorial Day also honors the veterans who served their county but have died since their discharge. More than 8,000 veterans are interred at NNVMC.

Crombie said a flag-in day where volunteers plant more than 8,000 flags is Saturday beginning at 8:30 a.m. He encourages the public, schools, civic and community groups to help the NVC.

Fallon will also conduct three separate Memorial Day observances beginning at the Churchill County Cemetery at 11 p.m., the Stillwater Indian Cemetery on the Fallon Paiute Shoshone reservation at noon and The Gardens Funeral Home Crematory and Cemetery at 1 p.m.

According to Mike Terry with the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 1002 in Fallon, he said the placement of flags at the Churchill County Cemetery will begin at 8:30 a.m. on Sunday with removal planned for Monday afternoon at 5.

Volunteers are needed at Lone Mountain Cemetery in Carson City on Friday at 4 p.m. for the placement of flags on veterans’ headstone. The are asked to meet in the middle of the cemetery and pass out bundles of flags. Flags are to be placed in the upper left corner of each headstone marked of a veteran, approximately 2 inches above the corner.

Volunteers should return on Monday at 4 p.m. to remove the flags and return them to storage.

The Truckee Meadows (Community College) Veterans Club — along with their partner, the University of Nevada, Reno — is implementing Operation Battle Born: Ruck to Remember 2024. The ruck march honors the fallen heroes from the Global War on Terrorism.

Over four days, veterans and volunteers from across Nevada will take turns carrying two rucksacks that share almost 7,000 service member dog tags. They include the 57 fallen Nevadans who have made the ultimate sacrifice since Sept. 11, 2001. Organizers announced at the Vietnam War Veterans Remembrance Day ceremony in March volunteers will carry 151 dog tags of Nevadans killed in Southeast Asia. From 1955 to April 30, 1975, more than 58,000 military personnel were killed in a war fought by the United States and South Vietnam and their allies against the North Vietnamese Army and Viet Cong (National Liberation Front.) More than 8 million men and women who served during the Vietnam era.

In their honor, the ruck march will begin from the Eastside Memorial Park in Minden to the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery. Participants will be asked to challenge themselves physically and mentally, facing the heat and the weight of the fallen heroes on their backs.

The final leg of this ruck march will be on Monday, and the marchers will arrive at the NNVMC on Memorial Day at 11 a.m.. For information, email Operation Battle Born Ruck to Remember at or call TMCC Veteran Services at 775-337-5612.

Vietnam Moving Wall

The Vietnam Moving Wall Minden Project’s opening ceremony is Friday and is hosted by the Eastside Memorial Park on 1600 Buckeye Road.

Viewing the wall is free and open to the pubic 24 hours a day. The building of the wall is Thursday, and a community barbecue and candlelight vigil is scheduled for Sunday. Monday marks the closing ceremony.

This half size replica of the Vietnam Wall in D.C. will be on display May 23-28.

The schedule is as follows:

Wednesday — The wall is coming from Southern California and will be parked at the Carson Valley Inn for the night.

Thursday — The wall will be escorted from CVI to the Eastside Memorial Park. Anyone interested in being part of the escort parade should meet at the CVI parking lot at 8 a.m. Starting at 10 a.m., the wall will be built on top of a base.

Friday — Opening ceremony at 10 a.m. with a helicopter fly over and landing as well as speeches from local dignitaries. Viewing of the wall will be open 24 hours until 8am May 28. Memorial items can be brought to leave at the wall - these items will be sent back with the wall.

Saturday — Viewing Day

Sunday — Community Barbeque at 7 p.m., especially for veterans but all are invited. A Candlelight vigil to welcome home Vets will occur at 9:30 p.m.

Monday — Closing Ceremony at 7 p.m.

Tuesday — Wall comes down at 8 a.m.


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