The 9 a.m. Memorial Day ceremony at Nevada City’s Pioneer Park was very disappointing. A friend who was there said it was pathetic. While I didn’t time the ceremony, I don’t think it lasted more than five minutes. The following things were omitted that could have added substance to the event and made for a more meaningful ceremony for the audience:
1. Color Guard detail marching up to present the colors for the raising of our flag.
2. Some speeches.
3. Asking the audience for identification of the vets present from the various wars.
4. Reading the names of Nevada County veterans who gave their all for each war.
5. Rifle salute.
6. Playing of “Taps.”
7. Also coffee and cookies after the ceremony would have allowed the attending vets to meet future friends from the same war and would encourage attendance next year.
I have attended a number of these local ceremonies in the past. They have been a condensed salute to those who gave their lives for our country. These past ceremonies have been short but dignified.
I’m sure most of attendees felt, like me, that the organizer(s) did not conduct an event for which our fallen could be proud of. This year’s crowd was the largest in my experience for this early morning ceremony. It is unlikely many of the attendees will bother to attend next year.
If this is the best the local Veterans of Foreign Wars can do, let somebody else organize next year’s Nevada City ceremony.
Howard “Rusty” Hamer