Truckee celebrates its Veterans Day heroes
November 14, 2002
A lone bagpiper made his way down Commercial Row to kick off a special Veteran’s Day celebration Monday morning.
Despite the cold, close to 30 people gathered around the Eagle Memorial on Donner Pass Road to honor those who’ve put their lives on the line for their country.
The event, hosted by the Veteran’s of Foreign Wars, Post 2675, and the Tahoe-Truckee Composite Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol, has become an annual ceremony in Truckee.
“We are here today to remember all of the men and women who have made sacrifices to make our nation strong and our world a safer place,” said Mayor Ron Florian, one of the event’s speakers. “We thank these men and women for their service and their bravery.”
After a few minutes of silence, Marine Corps Sergeant Robert Todd read the Veteran’s Prayer.
“Today, what’s been in my thoughts the most, is that no matter how popular or unpopular a war may be, you’ve always got to remember the people that are out there risking their lives for their country,” Todd said.
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Todd, who served in Vietnam at the age of 19, said he was proud to be able to help his fellow Marines and serve his country as best he could.
“It’s kind of sad that today was such a sad day, because really, Veteran’s Day is very much about celebrating the living veterans,” Todd said.
Longtime Truckee resident Liz Doerner was on hand to do just that.
“All of the men in my family have served in at least one war,” Doerner said as she clung to her two young daughters bundled up in hats and mittens.
“I brought my girls here because they are very fortunate in that they’ve never really experienced war,” she said. “It is something that they need to learn about and be aware of though, and this is one way to teach them.”
The possibility of war in Iraq was heavy on many people’s minds.
“This is a time in history when we may stand to lose more fellow Americans to war,” one speaker said.
After CAP Cadets John McCurnin, Jesse McGraw, Kristi Rouse and Cody Thornton completed the event with the “Presentation of the Colors,” some attendees traveled to the High Sierra Senior Center for a luncheon.
“I just want to stress that this is not a holiday,” said Veteran Dennis Cook. “It’s a day of remembrance.”