Memorial Day

A crowd of more than 500 gathered for what may be the area’s largest Memorial Day observance in Fernley. The ceremony was at the northern Nevada veterans’ memorial cemetery. In the crowd were veterans from World War II, Korea, and Vietnam.

More than 5,000 of their comrades are buried here. An average of 40 more join them each month. Their service was honored, along with those still serving in the Middle East.

Just one soldier who fell in Iraq rests here. 2nd Lieutenant James Cathey’s mother told us ceremonies like today remind us not only of here loss and her son’s sacrifice, but that he and others died so Americans could enjoy days like today in freedom.

This Thursday, the cemetery will host memorial services for the latest northern Nevada soldier to die in Iraq. Private Alejandro Varela was killed when a roadside bomb hit his vehicle a week and a half ago. He grew up in Fernley.