Memorial Day ceremony in Pioneer Park

We went to the Memorial Day ceremony in Pioneer Park in Nevada City to remember those who died while serving in the nation’s armed services. The crowd keeps getting bigger. I can remember when only about 10 people were on hand years ago; this morning the crowd was closer to 100. Our son joined us as usual, and some other children were also present (and dogs).

Along with our neighbors and some elected officials, we heard solemn stories that included a detailed count of the war dead from Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan (including some who were teenagers), poignant speeches, a bag pipe, a “21 gun” salute and the famous poem “In Flander’s Fields” by John McCrea.

This time of year brings up some solemn memories for our family anyway: We lost my uncle, who served, at a young age. Both of my parents died around this time of year, and my wife lost her dad around the same time. Both of our dads served.

The happy part is that our son graduated from the eight grade as a valedictorian last week, and we are going to launch our summer vacation soon — just like other families. We have some vacations and “staycations” planned, because before we know it, school will be starting again.

In the meantime, enjoy your Memorial Day, whatever you decide to do.

Here are some photos:

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Honoring those who died while serving

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Bagpipes

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About jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.
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