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A Veterans Day salute

Seth Lightcap/Sierra SunNevada Civil Air Patrol cadets Jon Friesen, Kaijah Hougham, and Tyler Graham stand at attention in front of the World War I war memorial in downtown Truckee Tuesday.

TRUCKEE ” Standing at attention with flags held at their side, the Nevada Civil Air Patrol’s Tahoe-Truckee cadets looked resolved and stoic as the patrol’s Veterans Day ceremony commenced in downtown Truckee Tuesday.

Celebrating veterans past and present was the order of the morning for cadets Jon Friesen, Kaijah Hougham, and Tyler Graham, who were pleased to join their Squadron Commander Robert Todd and Lieutenant Charles White to help performsuch a memorial for the gathering of locals in attendance.

“It’s an honor to be able to serve those who have fought for the freedom we have today,” said Hougham before the ceremony.

Hougham and his fellow cadets began the ceremony with a traditional presentation of the flag, marching past guests in formation before assembling in front of the “Eagle” scuplture, a World War I memorial in downtown Truckee dedicated to those who “gave their last full measure of devotion”. After the arrival of the colorguard, Squadron Commander Todd remarked on the passion and hardwork that America’s veterans have shown throughout our nation’s storied history.

The Civil Air Patrol’s Tuesday ceremony was the fourth annual for the group who feels strongly about continuing the local memorial.

“We took over the Truckee Veterans Day ceremony from the now-disbanded Veterans club four years ago because we didn’t want to see the tradition fall apart,” said Lieutenant Charles White. “Most of us in the Civil Air Patrol are veterans ourselves so we felt it necessary for the community to keep celebrating and paying our respects on this day.”

Judging by the jovial but respectful crowd on hand, the patrol’s mission was accomplished.

“This was one of the larger crowds we have gathered, so I’m excited about that,” said White.

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