Pride, tears, remembrance today in the Mother Lode.
The nation´s men and women who have served and sacrificed are being honored today. Veterans´ Day activities in the Mother Lode included the annual Veterans´ Day parade in Tuolumne.
The parade is small town Americana at it´s best. The procession, including the Summerville High School marching band, color guards, fire trucks, cars and motorcycles wound it´s way to the steps of the Tuolumne Veterans´ Memorial Hall. That was followed by speeches and the dedication of the Blue Star Memorial marker near the Memorial Hall and the park.
Viet Nam war veteran and one of the event organizers Dick Southern was pleased with the turnout this morning. He estimated well over 200 people showed up for the ceremonies. “There´s three different events going on here today,” Southern said. “There´s the veterans´ ceremony, the Blue Star ceremony and the ground breaking for the new youth center and library, so we got all three events together and got a good crowd.”
A Blue Star Memorial marker was dedicated by the Tuolumne County Garden Club. One of the oldest living veterans, 91 year-old local war veteran Tom Dahl was also honored by the gathering today.
Southern explained what the holiday means to him. “Well Veterans´ Day is when we get to remember what we did for our country,” he said. Southern served two years during the Viet Nam war. “It´s one of those times when we can be proud and probably get a little respect from everyone.”