Reno Honors Veterans With Traditional Parade

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RENO, NV - Reno joined the rest of the nation Monday honoring veterans with parades, prayers and personal thank yous.

The observance began with a wreath tossed into the Truckee. It wore a banner with noting the 60th anniversary of cease fire in Korea, but it carried a message for all who have worn the nation's uniforms.

Then minutes later, as tradition demands at the 11th minute of the 11 hour of the 11th day of the 11 month, the parade began, led by Grand Marshal Judge Steven Kosach, Vietnam vet, recipient of the Silver Star.

"It cuts through the negativity really, days like this," said Kosach. "And I'm proud to be part of it."

Behind Kosach, came the Veterans Day Parade we've come to expect. High School marching bands, Junior ROTC units, a few floats, veterans of varying ages.

Some still able to wear their uniforms. Many wearing caps, proudly identifying their service, their ship, their conflict. Others watched from the sidelines.

There were moments of applause, others calling out "thank you for your service."

It meant as much to those vets watching as it did taking part.

I think it's an absolutely wonderful recognition by the nation of the people who served," said Johnh Sheridan, a U.S.Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

"I'm particularly proud to see the young people that are involved," said fellow Vietnam vet Floyd Wyatt as he watched a JROTC unit march by. "The future of our nation looks bright.".

World War II Army Air Corps veteran Ray Pallesen found himself looking back at the impact service had on his life.

"It really makes me feel proud that I gave up three years of my life to serve our country."

It was always meant to be this way.

The day was originally called Armistice Day to mark the end of conflict in the First World War.
Sadly, other wars followed. There were new generations of veterans to be honored.
So, it became Veterans Day and in 1968, it was lumped in with others national holidays to create three-day weekends. That move never seemed right and a few years later Veterans Day was rededicated as November 11th regardless of what day of the week it falls on.

It was the right thing to do.

Far too few Americans can tell you today what Labor Day commemorates. Even the true purpose of Memorial Day seems to get lost amid late spring picnics and backyard barbeques.

Veterans Day has not lost its focus and once again Monday in downtown Reno that focus was a simple recognition of the nation's debt to its servicemen and women.