Veterans' Day events in Reno area include parade, bell ringing

World War 1 100 years Anniversary Photo: NARA via MGN.
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- Food and services offered to vets for Veterans' Day

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. 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.

Also Saturday, the Sun Valley General Improvement District and Washoe County Human Services are holding their annual Veterans' Appreciation Event and Pancake Breakfast. It will be 9-11AM at the Sun Valley Neighborhood Center at 115 West 6th Avenue.

The event began nine years ago to honor vets and the military. There will be a Boy Scout honor guard, live performance of the National Anthem, and recognition of the event by state and local officials.