Sierra County veterans, those who have worn the military uniform of the USA
whether in war time or not, will gather and form up at the bell tower in
Downieville shortly before noon.
At noon, Marine vet Bernie Stringer will lead with the salute to the
flag followed by the National Anthem and the “Remembrance” of the Sierra
County veterans who died since the 2011 ceremony. As their names are called,
Alexander, Breed, Perry, Schutt, the bell will chime.
With the road cleared by members of the Downieville Fire Department,
the veterans, carrying flags of their branch of the military, Army, Navy,
Marine Corps and Air Force, will march down Main Street to the Grubstake
restaurant where they will have lunch.
The luncheon will be prime beef with all the fixings and dessert for the
cost of $18 per person which includes tax, tip, and all. There is room for
each vet to bring one guest. Please RSVP to Carol Marshall 289-3625.
The luncheon speaker this year is retired US Army Colonel Andrew
Rosenau who will speak to his involvements in both the Desert Storm and
Iraqi Freedom campaigns.
This annual event brings together those whom the community honors
for having worn those uniforms over the years, from World War II days up
until very recently in Iraq and Afghanistan. The public is cordially invited
to attend the bell tower ceremony and to stand along the way cheering the
vets as they parade by, rain or shine!