Each year, we honor those who have lost their lives in service to our country with a day of remembrance. Here are several events to memorialize our fallen soldiers and usher in the summer.

Honoring heroes

Historic Virginia City pays tribute to American heroes who have paid the ultimate sacrifice with the annual Celebration of Heroes Parade beginning at noon on May 27. The town’s main thoroughfare, C Street, will be teeming with veteran’s groups, marching units, equestrian groups, classic car clubs and more.

Nonprofits Honor Flight Nevada and The Veteran’s Guest House have teamed up with Classic Chevys of Reno on the fifth annual Summer Salute event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. May 27 at Rancho San Rafael Regional Park in Reno. Hundreds of cars will be shown off to benefit area veterans.

Train rides

The weekend also kicks off the Virginia & Truckee Railroad’s season of narrated rides from Virginia City through the Comstock hills to Gold Hill and back on a steam and diesel train. Rides begin at 10:30 a.m., with the last daily ride at 4 p.m. on May 27.

In Reno, the smaller scale Idlewild Park Train ride will be open all summer from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekends and 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on weekdays and holidays such as Memorial Day on May 29.

Sensory exploration

While visiting the train ride at Idlewild, stop in at the educational Sensory Garden, a joint effort between Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful and the city of Reno. There are five interactive garden beds, each dedicated to one of the human senses, that are just blooming, along with a human sun dial, willow tunnels and other free and fascinating facets to explore with the family.


America’s favorite pastime

The Reno Aces will be at home playing the Sacramento Rivercats, the San Francisco Giants’ Triple-A affiliate team from May 27-30. On Saturday, game time is at 7:05 p.m., and the first 1,000 fans through the stadium doors will receive an Aces replica jersey. Sunday’s game starts at 6:05 p.m. and is followed by Memorial Day fireworks. On Memorial Day itself, the game is at 1:05 p.m.

Celebrate local

Live performances and music along with workshops on three stages plus more than 100 local food, drink and artisan vendors with wares made in or inspired by Lake Tahoe will be featured at the Made in Tahoe Festival. The event takes place in the Village at Squaw Valley, starting at 11 a.m. May 27-28.

From 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 26-28, Artist to You Tahoe Arts and Craft Shows will host its first three-day show of the season, featuring Tahoe artists and crafters at the Round Hill Square in South Tahoe’s Zephyr Cove.

Explore the Black Rock

Between May 26-29, experience and learn about the Black Rock Desert during the Black Rock Rendezvous. Camp and check out hiking tours exploring petroglyphs and the Petrified Canyon, among other points of interest, along with music and cowboy poetry recitation around a campfire, educational presentations, workshops and more. Reservations to are required.

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