The Truckee Cemetery commemoration honored those who served |

The Truckee Cemetery commemoration honored those who served

Story and photos by Amy Edgett
Sierra Sun
Veterans, family and community members attended the Truckee Cemetery Memorial Day commemoration.

The outdoor Memorial Day commemoration at the Truckee Cemetery drew a crowd of more than 60 veterans and community members Monday, where flags flew and spring flowers graced headstones.

Anne DeVoe, chairman of the Truckee Cemetery, made introductions on this day of reflection at 10 a.m. The presentation of the flag by Lt. Deputy Cmdr. for Civil Air Cadets Charlie White to Cadet Jonathan Friesan was followed by the pledge of allegiance and Rachel Nadell playing and#8220;Taps.and#8221;

Music was provided by the Mountain Belles who led attendees, hands over hearts, in the first chorus of the Star Spangled Banner.

There was nary a dry eye in the house during Sierra Bible Churchand#8217;s the Rev. Wayne Hoagand#8217;s invocation about the honor and service of the United Statesand#8217; military service men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice to preserve liberty and freedom: their lives. Fifth District Supervisor Ted Owens and Truckee Town Mayor Carolyn Wallace Dee reiterated how fortunate a community, and nation, we are to foster these brave individuals: those who did not come home to mothers, fathers, wives and children.

and#8220;This day is just like it says, and#8216;to remember,and#8217;and#8221; said WW II Army Air Corps Stanley Rupiper, wiping back a tear. and#8220;I also want to thank my buddies who got killed.and#8221;

Readings by Anne DeVoe and Katie Holly followed. The Mountain Belles also performed and#8220;Amazing Graceand#8221; and and#8220;Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy.and#8221;

Memorial Day was officially proclaimed on May 5, 1868, by Gen. John Logan, national commander of the Grand Army of the Republic. It was first observed May 30, 1868, when flowers were placed on the graves of Union and Confederate soldiers at Arlington National Cemetery.

Congress passed the National Holiday Act in 1971, to allow three-day holiday weekends for Federal holidays. The date was changed from May 30 to the last Monday in May.

The Truckee Cemetery Commemoration was a service both solemn and spiritual, holding fast to a traditional Memorial Day observance.

Support Local Journalism


Support Local Journalism

Readers around Lake Tahoe, Truckee, and beyond make the Sierra Sun's work possible. Your financial contribution supports our efforts to deliver quality, locally relevant journalism.

Now more than ever, your support is critical to help us keep our community informed about the evolving coronavirus pandemic and the impact it is having locally. Every contribution, however large or small, will make a difference.

Your donation will help us continue to cover COVID-19 and our other vital local news.

For tax deductible donations, click here.

Start a dialogue, stay on topic and be civil.
If you don't follow the rules, your comment may be deleted.

User Legend: iconModerator iconTrusted User