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Truckee, Tahoe City plan Veterans Day events at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11

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TAHOE-TRUCKEE, Calif. — Truckee and North Lake Tahoe will host a pair of Veterans Day ceremonies next Wednesday, on Veterans Day, to honor those who have served in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The Truckee Veterans Day celebration will again occur in downtown, at Victory Plaza at the corner of Donner Pass Road and Spring Street. Fittingly, the service begins at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11.

Afterward, a light lunch reception will take place at the Truckee Veterans Hall on High Street, courtesy of the Truckee Friends of the Vets and Truckee Donner Historical Society.

Meanwhile, Boy Scout Troop 266 will celebrate Veterans Day at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 11, at Trails End Cemetery in Tahoe City.

Scouts and their families will place American flags on the grave sites of veterans. Scouts will then lead a ceremony honoring military veterans.

Proceedings will include inspirational readings, recognition of veterans in attendance, a gun salute and the playing of "Taps."

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Trails End Cemetery is located on Fairway Drive behind Tahoe City Golf Course in Tahoe City.

The public is invited to attend either event, to honor the brave men and women who have risked their lives for the United States of America.

Veterans Day has been observed in various forms and celebrations since 1919.

According to the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, World War I officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles, France.

However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the 11th day of the 11th month.

For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of "the war to end all wars."

Visit va.gov/opa/vetsday/vetdayhistory.asp to learn more.