Appreciating our military: Inaugural Armed Forces Day Celebration comes to downtown Grass Valley (PHOTO GALLERY)

American Legion Frank Gallino Post 130 member and Vietnam War veteran Pete Vasilakos, left, and Sacramento’s Julie Smith, take some time to dance to the music from the band Galaxy, made up of members of Travis Air Force Base, during Saturday’s inaugural Armed Forces Day Celebration held along the streets of downtown Grass Valley.
Photo: Elias Funez
A pair of U.S. Air Force Northrop T-38A Talons conduct a flyover for the crowds during Saturday’s event.
Photo: Elias Funez
Lt. Col. Andrew Hazelton gives the keynote speech during Saturday’s downtown Grass Valley event.
Photo: Elias Funez
United States flags lined the streets of downtown Grass Valley.
Photo: Elias Funez
U.S. Navy Petty Officer Tristan Lamy, left, and Carlos Barrocas speak to a couple of potential recruits.
Photo: Elias Funez
People fill downtown Grass Valley along Mill and Neal streets to listen to live music in front of the Del Oro Theatre during Saturday’s inaugural Armed Forces Day Celebration.Photo: Elias Funez
A U.S. Coast Guard plane flies over downtown Grass Valley during Saturday’s festivities.Photo: Elias Funez
A pair of youngsters pose for a photo atop a Humvee.Photo: Elias Funez
A challenge coin was offered for sale by the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce during Saturday’s event.Photo: Elias Funez
A woman calling herself Lone Wolf poses with a photo of her son, Sgt. Maj. Christopher Moore, and her dog Duchess during Saturday’s Military Appreciation Day in Grass Valley.Photo: Elias Funez
Sixth-generation Nevada County resident and marine veteran Steven Hoss shows off his American Continental Marine attire and traditional weaponry during Saturday’s event.Photo: Elias Funez
A youngster poses with a U.S. Air Force prop during the downtown Grass Valley event.Photo: Elias Funez


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