Memorial Day weekend

“Civil war veterans buried in Nevada City” by Jim Pyle


I hope you’re having a relaxing Memorial Day weekend. We’re working on our magazine for summer and puttering around the yard but will return to the ceremony at Pioneer Park tomorrow morning, as we do most years. We also like the Memorial Day ceremony at the Truckee Cemetery, a beautiful spot above town.

We’ve enjoyed seeing Richard Anderson at the Truckee ceremony in the past. We’ll catch up on various topics, including trout fishing. In Nevada City, we enjoy seeing Nate Beason, along with other neighbors. Nate served in the U.S. Navy like my dad. When my dad was with us, we’d bring him down to the park for the ceremony and set up a folding chair.

Dad, a Republican, had a great sense of humor about Nevada County’s political culture: As for the Civil War reenactment in Pioneer Park on Constitution Day, he used to joke: “Jeffrey, it’s the only reenactment I know of where the South wins!”

Duane Strawser is often present, dressed for a Memorial Day bike ride, along with some other city council members.

When our son was younger, he’d pick up the shells in the parking lot from the “21-gun” salute. Now he just listens to the words from the speakers. He visited the war memorials in Washington D.C. with his class at school this spring, so each year he’s more educated about the consequences of war.

At Pioneer Park, the Vets come from the Vietnam War, not just World War II.

Thanks to Jim Pyle for this photo. Jim and his wife, Roseanne Burke, are two of our favorite people in Nevada City. They are a wonderful couple.

Author: 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 Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for 12 years, and he was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News for eight years, among other positions. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing, swimming, and trout fishing in the Sierra.

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