Veteran’s Day: Flag ceremony Monday brings veterans, emotions together
November 10, 2008
PLACER COUNTY “-A tear ran from Ray Frangeschini’s eye as he looked up at the American Flag on top of the recently varnished wooden flag pole outside the the Placer County Sheriff Department North Lake Tahoe Station Monday.
Frangeschini, a World War II Navy veteran and Agate Bay resident, was one of many veterans who attended the ceremony in their honor.
“I get very emotional. I’ve lost a lot of good buddies,” Frangeschini said as he stood next to his wife, Beverly, and listened to the North Tahoe Jazz Band play the music of his generation.
“I wish more people would celebrate it,” Frangeschini said. “But it’s a good turnout considering.”
The cermony was possible after Ltn. Allan Carter, with the help of inmate worker Manny Terres (who has since been released), finished rebuilding the original 1960 flagpole last month. It is the first time the Sheriff’s department has hosted the ceremony but the veterans hope it will become an annual event reminding the community of the real meaning of Veteran’s Day.
“I’m glad to be here and thank the guys who are serving. That’s why we’re allowed to be here,” said Rodger Devore, a Vietnam veteran.
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“It makes us feel proud to be a veteran,” Rick Woobel, said, an Iraq veteran who is also a detective at the Sheriff Department’s. “It means a lot to me, a lot of people think it’s just a day off work.”
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Truckee’s Veteran’s Day Ceremony will be held at “the Eagle” in downtown Truckee and is open to the public school is not in session that day. Please arrive around 10:30 a.m., the ceremony will commence at 10:50 a.m.