Memorial Day events planned to honor service members

Ceremonies, parades and other events are planned in the upcoming days to honor the men and women who served in the nation’s military.

Virginia City’s annual Celebration of Heroes Parade is taking place at noon Saturday along C Street to honor the memory of those who paid the ultimate sacrifice.

The parade’s grand marshals will be Brenda and Greg Bolander, Virginia City residents who established a program to hang military banners along C Street to honor both fallen and active duty military members and veterans from Virginia City. The program is in remembrance of their son, Bryan Bolander, killed in action in 2008 during his fourth tour of duty in Iraq. His was the first banner to be hung.

Parade entries include veterans groups, classic car clubs, equestrian groups, a mariachi band and marching units. Parade entries will be accepted until Friday. Download the parade form online at, or call 775-847-7501.

Also opening Memorial Day Weekend is the Virginia & Truckee Railroad running only steam trains through the season starting Saturday. For a list of the schedule and to purchase tickets, go to

St. Hugh of Lincoln Episcopal Outreach Center is hosting a Memorial Day service at 10 a.m. Monday at Desert Memorial Gardens in Silver Springs. Refreshments will follow the ceremony.

Northern Nevada Veterans Coalition is hosting an hour-long Memorial Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday at Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, off Exit 48, in Fernley. For more information, go to

A program of patriotic tunes with standards from the World War II era by Judith Ames and Rocky Tatarelli is planned at 2 p.m. Monday at the Carson Plaza, 2120 E. Long St.

At 1 p.m. Monday, Carson City will honor service members with its annual service at Lone Mountain Cemetery.


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