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Veterans Day Parade returns to downtown Reno

Event and Reno People recognition are part of year-long Reno 150 sesquicentennial celebration

Post Date:11/09/2017 4:18 PM
The City of Reno Veterans Day Parade will take place Saturday, November 11, 2017, rain or shine. This year’s theme is “Celebrating 150 Years,” in honor of Reno’s 150th birthday on May 9, 2018. The public is invited to join the festivities, which honor veterans and those currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces.

The opening ceremony will begin at 11:11 a.m. at the Virginia Street Bridge and include a Veterans Appreciation Month Proclamation read by Reno Mayor Hillary Schieve. At-large Reno City Councilmember David Bobzien will also speak about the importance of the Reno People Project. The next 15 Reno People honorees have been invited to participate in the parade and be formally recognized.

The opening ceremony concludes with a fly-by and the ceremonial wreath toss into the Truckee River at approximately 11:20 a.m. The parade starts shortly thereafter and will end between 2 and 3 p.m. The parade route will proceed north on Virginia Street to Fifth Street.

Nevada Department of Veterans Services Director Kat Miller (Colonel US Army Retired) has been selected Grand Marshal for the parade, and Brigadier General Zachary Doser has been chosen to serve as Deputy Grand Marshal.

Parade announcers are as follows:
  • Virginia Street Bridge - Amanda Sanchez with Shane Whitecloud
  • 2nd Street - Terri Hendry with Sandi TenBoer
  • 3rd Street - Charley Smith and Noah Bond
  • 4th Street - Jeff Thompson and Ryan Coverdale
Spectators, especially family and friends of parade participants, are encouraged to gather to show their support along the parade route. For more information, visit Visit for street closure information.

About the Reno People Project

Part of the City of Reno’s year-long Reno 150 sesquicentennial celebration, the Reno People Project has set out to nominate and award past and present residents of our city who have made a significant, positive and influential impact. Ultimately, 150 people will be recognized by May 9, 2018.

“We are a proud community, and this is a chance to honor our heritage,” Bobzien said. “There are so many ways for everyone in Reno to get involved in our sesquicentennial celebration, and I encourage the community to submit their nominations for the Reno People Project.”

The next group of honorees are:
  • Sheriff Chuck Allen
  • Caleb Cage
  • Bernie Carter
  • Bob Cashell
  • Ty Cobb
  • Perry Di Loreto
  • Frankie Sue Del Papa
  • Joe Dutra
  • Cory Farley
  • John Hicks
  • Mike Kazmierski
  • Andrew LePeilbet
  • Arlan Melendez
  • Evelyn Mount
  • Sue Wagner
Including these 15 Reno People, a total of 60 Reno People have been honored so far. Learn more about the honorees.

Anyone can submit a nomination for a past/present Reno citizen who has made a positive impact on the City of Reno’s history. Nominations must include a short (250-word maximum) biography of the nominee, their efforts and the reasons you’d like their story included. Including a photograph of the nominee is recommended.

Visit for more information.

About Reno 150

The City of Reno plans to host several more Reno 150 events during the year-long sesquicentennial celebration, including:
  • November 11, 2017 - Veterans Day Parade in downtown Reno
  • December 6, 2017 - Tree Lighting on City Plaza
  • December 12, 2017 - Menorah Lighting on City Plaza
  • January 18, 2017 - State of the City at Pioneer Center for the Performing Arts
  • May 9, 2018 - Sesquicentennial Celebration (150th birthday) at Greater Nevada Field
The City of Reno is encouraging businesses, community groups, nonprofits and other entities to host an official Reno 150 event of their own. To submit your Reno 150 event, visit Approved events will be published on Event organizers and residents are also encouraged to join the conversation on social media by using the hashtag #Reno150.
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