Women veterans were the focus of the annual Veteran’s Day ceremony hosted by the American Legion Post No. 130 Sunday in Grass Valley.
Nov. 11 originally was named Armistice Day to commemorate the cession of hostilities during WWI. The holiday was renamed Veterans Day in 1954 by Congress at the end of the Korean War to honor all veterans of all wars in which the United States was a participant. The day is both a federal and state holiday in all 50 states and territories.
In Nevada County, the day kicked off with breakfast starting at 7:30 a.m.; according to event organizer Norm Dodson, approximately 450 people were served.
More than 150 people stuck around for the ceremony that started at 9:45 a.m. inside the Veteran’s Memorial Building on South Auburn Street.
“How can we begin to give back to those who have sacrificed so much?” asked Nevada County Supervisor Hank Weston, the keynote speaker.
Weston said the country must keep its promises to veterans by providing needed services, adding, “Let’s give our veterans a hand across.”
Blue Star Mothers President Cindy McVay honored a number of local women whose children are serving in the armed forces.
Then six female veterans spoke about their experiences as volunteers in wars spanning from World War II to the Persian Gulf conflicts: Jeanette Goodrum, Joan Lans, Jodi Woodard, Lucille Lemon, Lindsey Waterman and Bernie Bachli.
At 11 a.m., the all-veterans Honor Guard fired a three-rifle volley in remembrance of the signing of the Armistice Agreement ending World War I, Nov. 11, 1918.
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