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Local veterans honored in Truckee, Tahoe City ceremonies

Staff report

TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — On Wednesday, Nov. 11, a pair of Veterans Day events took place starting at 11 a.m. in Truckee and Tahoe City.

The annual Truckee Veterans Day celebration took place downtown at Victory Plaza. It featured gust speakers, song performances by the Mountain Belles and a reading from Truckee High School student Kaitlynn Lake, whose essay, "Thank You, Veterans," was chosen to be featured at last week's event, as the winning work in the town's first-ever Veterans Day essay contest.

Truckee High students Ryan Murphy and Aaron Bokinskie earned second and third prizes; each student received a gift card and recognition at the event my Mayor Alicia Barr.

Visit bit.ly/1PyaFgV to read Kaitlynn's essay.

Roughly 200 people were on hand for the honoring of Truckee's veterans, attendees said. Afterward, a light lunch reception took place at the Truckee Veterans Hall, courtesy of the Truckee Friends of the Vets and Truckee Donner Historical Society, catered by the Wagon Train Coffee Shop.

At the same time in Tahoe City, Boy Scout Troop 266 and Cub Pack 264 once again celebrated Veterans Day at Trails End Cemetery, where scouts and their families placed American flags on the grave sites of veterans.

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Scouts then led a ceremony honoring veterans, including inspirational readings, recognition of veterans in attendance, a gun salute and the playing of "Taps." First Class Scout Riley Hacker organized the Troop and led the ceremonies.

Visit va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp to learn more about the history of Veterans Day.