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Family with Sierra roots to support Gold Star Parents in Truckee Parade

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Brian McCullough, whose ancestral roots hail from the Sierra circa 1800, embraces opportunities to "give back," and feels passionate to support any cause that involves the military and our nation's veterans.

Catch a new addition to the Truckee Parade this year on July 4. Brian McCullough, whose ancestral roots stretch long and deep in the Sierra, will participate in support of Gold Star Parents and the Veterans Guest House of Reno.

McCullough and his wife work fervently to highlight Memorial Day, Veterans Day and the Fourth of July, to honor and pay tribute to the men, women and families who have made scarifies for our freedoms.

Gold Star Parents are parents who lost sons or daughters in war.

"It is essential to understand that these parents never get over the loss of their child," said McCullough. "Our objective is bringing awareness these people have sacrificed their sons and daughters for our freedom and that it is important to these families their sons and daughters will not be forgotten."

β€œAnd so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.”
John F.Kennedy, inauguration address, January 1961

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Three Gold Star Families will participate in the Truckee Parade.

Kevin Graves β€” Some Gave All, Joey Graves Foundation β€” will also be participating.

The McCulloughs hold a yearly fundraiser to raise money to be held in a trust for a fallen soldier's child. At the same event, they raise funds for the Semper Fi Fund, which is similar to the Wounded Warriors fund.

"Some of the biggest donations are received from the hard-working people of the Truckee area," said McCullough. "We owe so much to the men and women who have served this county. It is their sacrifice and service for our freedoms, that moves us to support The Veterans Guest house of Reno. A lot of these veterans, at a very young age in their lives, went through very dramatic events."

The Veterans Guest House of Reno is located near the VA Medical Center at 880 Locust St. in Reno, providing temporary housing to veterans and family members while they receive medical treatment at any medical facility in the Reno/Sparks area. The Guest House is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation funded entirely from the generosity of private citizens, corporations and foundations, and serves nine Northern California counties, including Nevada County.

McCullough will collect donations for the Veteran's Guest house, and match dollar for dollar all money raised.