ELKO — Wet weather didn’t dampen the patriotic spirit of those who attended Saturday’s Veterans Day parade.
Demonstrations of patriotism included ABATE and the POW/MIA organization riding up to the main stage and leading the crowd in the Pledge of Allegiance. The Dance Company also led the national anthem during its dance routine.
In a gesture aimed more at the families of those fighting overseas, the Elko Motorcycle Jamboree committee and Holder Hospitality Group presented $1,500 to the Elko VFW Post to assist area families of service members.
Elko County Commissioner Charlie Myers and VFW Commander Vic Haddow presented decrees and formally thanked five area men who have returned from fighting in places such as Iraq and Afghanistan for their service to this country.
And as a somber reminder that not all servicemen and women are as fortunate as the five men in Saturday’s parade, the traditional riderless horse was walked down Idaho Street as a tribute to those who have fallen in the nation’s military engagements.
By Jared DuBach