Celebrate Memorial Day May 26 | TheUnion.com

Celebrate Memorial Day May 26

Powerful emotion marked last year’s Salute to God and Country at the Nevada County Fairgrounds as thousands of people gave their thanks to veterans.

Organizers expect the crowd will be bigger and the emotion will be stronger at this year’s salute, which will begin at 4 p.m. May 26 at the fairgrounds.

Along with veterans, police officers and firefighters – active and retired – will be honored this year in memory of the Sept. 11 attacks. The organizers, who include representatives of approximately 30 churches and about 75 businesses, expect that 5,000 to 7,000 people will be in attendance.

Mike Dillman, senior pastor of the Grass Valley Assembly of God Church and one of the organizers, says tears flowed as community members walked down a reception line of veterans and gave thanks last year.

“The county met the veterans for the first time that day,” he says. “God wished that, and with his Holy Spirit brought the county together.”

Dale Robbins, pastor of Christian Life Center and another of the organizers, noted that the evening-long event also will include festive elements and entertainment.

Musical guests Fred and Donal Meeks and a hip-hop group will perform, wounded Vietnam veteran John Steer will speak, and fireworks will light the sky. A youth concert featuring Lincoln Brewster will follow the fireworks.

Admission is free. Veterans, firefighters and police officers will be given a free dinner and gift. Food booths will be open. Those who attend should bring blankets or lawn chairs.

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