VeteransDay

“The mystic cords of memory, stretching from every battlefield and patriot grave, to every living heart… should swell into a mighty chorus of remembrance, gratitude and rededication on this solemn occasion.” – Abraham Lincoln

A BRIEF HISTORY OF VETERANS DAY
In the United States of America, Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that it be celebrated on November 11, the day on which the Armistice was signed that finally ended Word War I. Veteran’s day is a federal holiday, and 2009 was the 90th anniversary of the event.

Of course, “the war to end all wars” didn’t work out that way. Following WWII and the Korean War, Congress was moved to amend the act of 1938 to be more inclusive and honor American veterans of all wars. On June 1, 1954, the observance became Veterans Day.

Along with Washington’s Birthday, Memorial Day and Columbus Day, the actual observance of Veterans Day was moved to create three day weekends. In the case of Veterans Day, the move proved highly unpopular as it diluted the significance of the November 11 date. In 1978, the observance of Veterans Day was returned to November 11, no matter what day of the week on which it falls.

“Honoring those who served and sacrificed to preserve freedom – WWII 70th Anniversary”

Sierra Car Care and MST Tire Centers feel strongly about celebrating Veteran’s Day and have brought you a local Reno – Sparks – Carson City – Lake Tahoe and surrounding area event guide for the holiday. Following is a listing of statewide Veterans Day events that kicks-off Nov. 8 – Nov. 17.

Veterans associations, high school bands, ROTC, service groups and other community entries will fill out the parade. We hope you make it out.

1_veterans-day-parade-rgj-resizedRENO VETERANS DAY PARADE
Downtown Reno: November 11, 2015, starting at 11:11 AM – 12:00 PM

Honoring our veterans with a parade to say “Thank you for your service.”  The parade marches through the heart of downtown Reno and honors those who have sacrificed to protect our country. The parade starts on Court and Virginia Street and travels to 5th and Virginia Street, through the heart of downtown Reno.  Show your support and watch the parade.

  • Nov. 11: Reno Veterans Day Parade.  Downtown Reno. http://www.reno.gov/ 775-334-4636.
  • Nov 9-11: Veterans Day Quilting Retreat.  Whitney Peak Hotel.  255 N. Virginia St. in Reno. http://joshuashands.org/Reno_Quilting_Retreat.html 775-398-5470.
  • Veterans Guest House $10,000 Raffle fundraising raffle is going on now through Saturday, December 12, 2015. https://www.veteransguesthouse.org/events/
  • Veterans M*A*S*H* BASH | https://www.facebook.com/events/964395700293161/
    The 22nd annual M*A*S*H BASH is Saturday, Nov. 14 at the Ramada Inn with doors opening at 5pm (music at 5:30) and going until 11pm or so. Admission is $10 for RBS members and veterans, and $15 for non-members. Guitar Woody, Blue Haven, Rick Hammond Band and Jason King Band will all be playing one-hour sets that evening with all proceeds go to the Veteran’s Guest House and VAVS. ***It’s also a food drive for the Food Bank of Northern Nevada so bring non-perishable food items, as well.***

RENO VETERANS GUEST HOUSE EVENTS | https://www.veteransguesthouse.org/events/
Veterans Day at the Guest House is always a very special day.  The day’s activities begin with the special release of orange balloons, in honor to those affected by Agent Orange, participation in the Veterans Day parade and an open house.

8:00-9 a.m. – Participants all over the country will release orange balloons simultaneously to raise awareness of the devastating effects of Agent Orange exposure. The public is invited to meet on the lawn of the Veterans Guest House and release balloons, provided by the Guest House, in honor of their loved ones. Agent Orange is the term used to describe a powerful herbicide and defoliant used most recognizably during the Vietnam War.

11:11 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.: The Guest House will participate in the City of Reno Veterans Day Parade. The parade starts at the corner of 2nd Street and S. Virginia Street. The parade flows north on Virginia Street, passing under the Reno Arch and ending at 5th Street. (This is a departure from the traditional route due to construction of the new Virginia Street Bridge.

12-3 p.m. – After the parade, join us for an open house. Enjoy barbecued hot dogs and hamburgers, and pizza provided by the Lakeside/Moana Papa Murphy’s. Take a tour of the Veterans Guest House  until 3 p.m.  For those who haven’t gotten their flu shot, Immunize Nevada will be providing shots to those at least seven years old. For more information on any of the events, contact the Veterans Guest House at (775) 324-6958.

CARSON CITY  VETERANS DAY PARADE
Nevada’s Sesquicentennial is celebrating Veterans Day with statewide events taking place throughout the week.  Nevada residents and visitors are invited to join the celebration and demonstrate patriotism by honoring those who have fought for Nevada and the Country’s freedoms.

VIRGINIA CITY VETERANS DAY PARADE
Wed, Nov 11, 2015 at 11:00am. Patriotic pride on the Comstock.
537 South C Street
4th Ward School to Children’s Museum
Virginia City, NV, 89440

Additional Features: Entertainment Free, Handicapped Access | Phone Number: (775) 847-0311 | 775-847-7500
Website: http://www.visitvirginiacitynv.com

ELKO VETERANS DAY PARADE
It is not too late to be a part of the 10th Annual Elko County Veterans Day Parade honoring all our veterans, with our community’s Korean Conflict Veterans as our Grand Marshals. Parade entry forms are available by clicking here. Elko County provides a float for any veterans or family member who would like to participate. You just need to show up. Please call 738-5398 for information on the parade.

PYRAMID LAKE VETERANS EVENTS
  • Nov. 11: Honoring Nevada’s Native American Veterans 5K Fun Run/Walk. Pyramid Lake Marina 2500 Lakeview Drive in Sutcliffe.  http://www.plpt.nsn.us 775-453-3919.
OWYHEE VETERANS EVENTS

BATTLE MOUNTAIN VETERANS EVENTS

LAS VEGAS VETERANS EVENTS

  • Nov. 8-10: Laughlin Veterans Festival.  Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Laughlin.  http://www.laughlinveteransfestival.com/ 702-795-7772.
  • Nov 8-11: Traveling Vietnam Memorial Wall.  Tropicana Hotel & Casino in Laughlin. http://www.avtt.org/ 903-561-9888.
  • Nov. 10-17: 1000 Flags Over Mesquite. Recreation West Field at 100 W. Old Mill Road in Mesquite. http://www.mesquitenv.gov 702-346-5295.
  • Nov. 10: 3rd Annual Las Vegas National Veterans Day Run.  Floyd Lamb Park at Tule Springs, 9200 Tule Springs Road in Las Vegas.  http://www.veteransdayrun.com/run/las-vegas 702-229-8100.
  • Nov. 11: Las Vegas Veterans Day Parade.  Downtown Las Vegas. http://www.veteransparadelv.com/ 702-384-4161.
  • Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony at the Southern Nevada Veterans Home; Governor Sandoval will keynote the event that begins at 1:30 p.m.  100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Boulder City. http://www.veterans.nv.gov 702-332-6784
  • Nov. 11: Veterans Day Ceremony.  Southern Nevada Veterans Home.  100 Veterans Memorial Highway in Boulder City.  http://www.veterans.nv.gov 702-332-6784

CLOSURES

  • All state offices, Sparks city offices and Reno city offices are closed Tuesday.
  • The Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles offices are closed.
  • Northeast Community Center, Teglia’s Paradise Park Activity Center, Neil Road Recreation Center, McKinley Arts & Culture Center and Southside Administration Offices are closed.
  • The Sparks Public Works Department and Community Development Department are closed. Sparks Parks & Recreation is closed, including the Alf Sorensen Community Center and the Larry D. Johnson Community Center.
  • Washoe County libraries are closed.
  • Washoe County schools; Catholic schools; private schools; University of Nevada, Reno; Truckee Meadows Community College and Western Nevada College are closed.
  • Most banks are closed. Check with other individual businesses to see if they are closed.
  • Reno residents can visit Reno.gov and access the “Online Services” menu to pay parking tickets, sewer bills, court fees, register for classes, file a police report or enter a service request for Reno Direct.

OTHER EVENTS

FEE-FREE NATIONAL PARKS DAYS
In this year’s Veterans Day video, US veteran and National Mall and Memorial Parks Park Ranger James Pierce invites everyone to visit a national park on Veterans Day. Take a moment to watch this year’s Veterans Day video and learn more about your national parks. http://www.nps.gov/findapark/military-honor.htm

V&T POLAR EXPRESS TRAIN RIDE
V&T Unforgettable Polar Express Train – late November to mid-December, Santa and his elves are on hand on this Christmas-themed train ride, which includes hot chocolate, cookies and a present of a silver sleigh bell. http://www.vtrailway.com/polarexpress/

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