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Vets honored in Truckee

Paul Raymore, Sierra Sun
Colin FisherKen Meyer delivers an opening prayer at the Veterans Day Memorial Tuesday in front of the Train Depot in downtown Truckee.
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Tuesday morning, a crowd of approximately 60 people gathered in front of the Victory Highway monument on Commercial Row to honor the veterans who have defended the freedoms we all enjoy.

Ken Meyer opened the ceremony by reciting the Veterans’ Prayer and Dennis Cook led the group in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Civil Air Patrol cadets of the Tahoe Truckee Composite Squadron were on hand to serve as color guard for the ceremony.

Meyer then spoke about the day and asked everyone present to observe a moment of silence to remember those veterans who were no longer with us.

Vice Mayor Josh Susman was in attendance along with veterans from many different branches of the service and their families, friends and other supporters. Many of the 35 members of Truckee Veterans of Foreign Wars post 2675 were also on hand.

According to Tahoe veteran Cleveland Leonesio, who served in the Marines for 20 years and completed three tours of duty in Vietnam, the ceremony was, “Fantastic. I look forward to this every year. Our VFW does a pretty good job of putting this together.”

Leonesio thought that Veterans’ Day is especially relevant now because of the large number of military personnel currently abroad.

“From everything that’s going on in the world right now I’d say we’re still in the forefront with our forces,” Leonesio said. “We still have Marines and Army and Navy and Coast Guard… giving their efforts for world peace.”

Meyer spoke about the friends he lost during his time in the service: “The ceremony today is basically a remembrance of all our veterans that have served, especially those who have not been able to come home. I spent five years in the Navy and in Naval Aviation and I had five friends who didn’t return. I know there are a lot of other people out there in the same situation – with family members that didn’t return,” Meyer said, adding “We don’t think about all the freedoms we enjoy and all the opportunities we enjoy in this country, but we really should be made aware of it.”

VFW post 2675 welcomes all veterans to come visit, whether they qualify to be Veterans of Foreign Wars or not. They meet the first Monday of every month in the Veterans Building on High Street and at Madigan’s Restaurant, alternately. For information contact Dennis Cook at 587-4554 or Gary Thomas at 550-8062.


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