The celebrations for Nevada Day started early. On Thursday night, hundreds of people attended the 2nd Annual Nevada Day Governor's Banquet at the Grand Sierra Resort.
The event was much more than celebrating Nevada's 148th birthday.
"To remember those who served and have served in the United States Armed Forces," says Governor Sandoval. "To honor their families and most of all, to remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice."
Thousands of dollars were raised for Gold Star Families of Nevada and Blue Star Mothers of America to help troops overseas and their families.
Governor Sandoval was joined by hundreds of Nevadans and other special guests including Senator Dean Heller and Congressman Mark Amodei.
Also part of the festivities was the unveiling of the logo for Nevada's sesquicentennial birthday in 2014.
Folks at the banquet say the night was a special one for Nevada.
"To honor its birthday, to honor its military, to honor the folks that live here, work here," says Rebecca LeBeau of Reno. "It's an awesome time."
"The state of Nevada is a great state and I support it in any way I can," says Robert San Miguel of Reno.
The Blue Star Mothers say the money raised will help them send Christmas packages to more than 100 troops currently in Afghanistan.
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