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Senior Veterans Honored

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Today is a tribute to our men and women, in uniform, that have served throughout our nation's history.

Events are being held across the country for our vets, from World War II to the war in Afghanistan.

While Veterans Day honors everyone in every branch of our military, a couple of events were held for our seniors that proudly served our country.

It was all about the Stars and Stripes at a flag pole dedication, complete with a new plaque that honors America's veterans.

The local Veterans of Foreign Wars helped with the flag raising ceremony at the Five Star Residences of Reno.

"The residents were very supportive of the flag pole and the dedication," Five Star Residences of Reno Executive Director James Cox said.

The veterans and their spouses, in attendance, also received pins, engraved with "Honored Veteran."

About 50 veterans live in these residences with an average age of 85.

"It's so important because of the recognition of their sacrifices of what they gave to our country and the responsibility and respect for them for their service," Cox said.

Veterans were treated to a barbecue of hamburgers and hot dogs at the Sun Valley Community Center as part of their third annual Veteran's Day celebration.

The event included a Boy Scout Color Guard, elected officials, and representatives of various veterans organizations.

"Veterans are everywhere among us," Washoe County Senior Services Director Grady Tarbutton said. "We often don't recognize them for who they are and to just bring those folks in and really give them the recognition they deserve."

Though most of the veterans on-hand are seniors, today is also reminds many of the sacrifices that our military is still making.

"My nephew is leaving for his fourth tour in the Middle East for Afghanistan," Tarbutton said. "So, I'm a family member. I know what it's like to have a family member in the military and the worry that you have. And then to be able to thank these vets, on this day, is a great thing."

Written by Paul Nelson
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