It was an emotional opening ceremony to mark the first full day of the Reno Air Races this year.
Organizers were actually referring to it as a tribute ceremony since it was dedicated to the first responders who jumped into action during last year's deadly crash.
Representatives from 14 organizations were honored for their work saving lives and restoring order on September 16, 2011 when a P-51 Mustang slammed into the box seats at the edge of the grandstand. Eleven people were killed and more than 70 were injured.
At Thursday morning's ceremony, the mayors of Reno and Sparks were on hand to give remarks. The Silver Dollar Chorus sang the National Anthem as planes flew overhead.
Among the first responders honored: members of the Nevada Highway Patrol, REMSA, Renown, Regional Medical Center, St. Mary's, and the Reno Fire Department.