TAHOE/TRUCKEE, Calif. — Memorial Day, originally called Decoration Day, is a day of remembrance for those who have died in our nation’s service.
The memorial service at the Sierra Mountain Cemetery is sponsored by the Truckee Cemetery District each year on Memorial Day to honor all those who have died in the service of their country and to recognize the grief of loved ones who still mourn them.
The Civil Air Patrol provides the color guard for the raising of the flag while the Mountain Belles sing the National Anthem. The mayor of Truckee and the County Supervisor of the 5th District of Nevada County attend, and a local clergy person is asked to give the invocation. Members of the Board of Trustees of the Truckee Cemetery District offer words of thanks and appreciation and share history of the commemoration. The ceremony will start at 10 a.m. on May 27.
Following the Memorial Day Ceremony, you are invited to join veteran World War II Air Force Pilot, Frank L. Titus, at noon for the opening of the Titus Family Exhibit at the Old Jail Museum, 10142 Jibboom St. in historic downtown Truckee.
Early Truckee resident Frank A. Titus worked for the Bliss family at their lumber mill at Glenbrook, Lake Tahoe. Titus also worked as a surveyor on the narrow-gage railroad between Truckee and Tahoe City. Frank A. Titus had many other responsibilities in the area, including Truckee’s Deputy Constable for 33 years.
The Titus family home still stands at 10382 Donner Pass Road, currently the Artisan Marketplace. Drop by the Old Jail Museum to learn more about the Titus family and their long history in the Truckee area. The Old Jail Museum is open Saturdays and Sundays, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. during the summer months. The Old Jail is run 100 percent by volunteers. To learn more about volunteer opportunities, contact Chelsea Walterscheid at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Memorial Day in Tahoe City
Tahoe City Boy Scout Troop 266 will again honor veterans with special commemorative events over the Memorial Day weekend. On Friday, May 24 scouts will place flags on the grave sites of all veterans buried at Trails End Cemetery in Tahoe City. On the May 27 Memorial Day holiday, the scouts will hold a public ceremony at 5 p.m. at Trails End Cemetery. Ceremonies will include inspirational readings, recognition of veterans in attendance, a multi-gun fired salute, and playing of Taps. All local veterans and the public are invited to honor our country’s fallen veterans by attending the ceremonies. Trails End Cemetery is located on Fairway Drive, on the north side of the Tahoe City Golf Course, between Bunker Drive and Grove Street in Tahoe City.