Veterans Day events in Reno area include parade, bell ringing

RENO, Nev. (KOLO)– Sunday is the 100th anniversary of the end of World War I. The events this weekend to commemorate it include a parade in Reno and a museum exhibit and bell ringing in Carson City.

The city of Reno Veterans Day Parade is set for 11:11 a.m. on Sunday from the Virginia Street Bridge over the Truckee River up Virginia Street to Fifth Street.

The parade will honor Private First Class Darrell Melville Dunkle, the first Reno person killed in the war.

It begins with a flyover by the Nevada Air Guard C-130. The grand marshal will be Brigadier General Ondra Berry, commander of the Nevada Air Guard and former Reno Police Department police chief.
The announcers will be: Virginia Street Bridge: Amanda Sanchez and Shane Whitecloud; 2nd Street: Abbie Shelton and Wendy Simons; 3rd Street: Sandi TenBoer and Kim Donohue; and 4th Street: Charley Smith, Ky Sisson and Ryan Coverdell.

A bell ringing is set for Sunday at 11 a.m. at Loftin Park on the east side of the Nevada State Museum entrance. The museum’s Liberty Bell replica will be part of the Bells of Peace World War I commemoration nationwide.

Organizers suggest people arrive by 10:30 a.m. At 10:40 a.m., Nevada State Museum Director Myron Freedman will give a welcome and a brief explanation of the proceedings. Other speakers include Peter Barton, administrator of the Nevada Division of Museums and History with remarks on the World War I Centennial; and Carson City Mayor Bob Crowell, who will thank veterans and active duty service members.

On Saturday, the Nevada State Museum holds “Armistice: Commemorating the End of the Great War.” It runs from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Pyramid Lake Veterans and Warriors Organization has the presentation of the colors. At 11 a.m. World War I Cavalry reenactors will be in the museum parking lot exhibiting their horses and gear.

Admission is free.

From noon to 3 p.m., representatives from veteran service organizations will be available at information tables. Also, there will be readings of poetry and of a few short biographies from Nevada’s Golden Stars book – a collection of memorials to Nevadans who served and died in WWI. There were 116,798 Americans who died in the war, including 197 from Nevada, the museum noted.

There are also free meals for veterans with proper identification, including:

  • A free breakfast or lunch buffet at The Buffet at Eldorado on Veterans Day, Nov. 11 between the hours of 7:45 a.m. and 2 p.m. In addition, Starbucks at the Eldorado and Silver Legacy will also offer a free 12 oz. coffee to Veterans.
  • Harrah’s and Harveys Lake Tahoe are offering a free buffet brunch or dinner to veterans and current members of the United States military at Harrah’s Forest Buffet on Veterans Day, Sunday, Nov. 11. Military folks may choose between the Sunday buffet, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., or the Sunday dinner buffet, 5 to 9 p.m.
  • Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar offers veterans and active-duty military a complimentary full-size entree from an eight-entree menu on Veterans Day.
  • Harrah’s Reno is offering a free buffet brunch or dinner to veterans and current members of the United States military at Harrah’s Carvings Buffet on Monday, Nov. 12. Military folks may choose between the Monday brunch buffet, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. or the Monday dinner buffet, 4:30 to 9 p.m.
  • In other events:

  • The Carson Nugget is offering two free tickets for its Al Stewart concert on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 9 p.m. to active duty service members and veterans. These tickets also get service members and veterans and a guest into the meet-and-greet with Stewart at 8:30 p.m. To claim the tickets, veterans and active duty personnel should call the Nugget Marketing Office at 775-882-1626 ext. 752 this Friday at 5 p.m. to get their names added to the list for admittance to the concert. Please bring your military ID when checking in for the concert.
  • On Sunday, Nevada Humane Society is y offering free pet adoptions for members of the military and their immediate families. Pets are available for adoption at either the Reno shelter, located at 2825 Longley Lane, or the Carson City shelter, at 549 Airport Road. Both shelters are open from 11am to 6:30pm. Bring military identification. For questions, contact 775-856-2000 et. 301 or 302.

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