At 11:11 a.m., a traditional opening ceremony takes place at the the Virginia Street Bridge and includes a fly by. The parade starts at 11:20 a.m. and marches through the heart of downtown Reno, starting from the Virginia Street Bridge and heading north to 5th Street. Spectators are encouraged to show their support along the parade route and announcers will review the parade from several locations; the Virginia Street Bridge, 2nd and Virginia streets, the Reno Arch, and 4th Street. Ending between 1:00 – 2:00 p.m., the commemoration takes place rain or shine.
History of Veterans Day
World War I – known at the time as “The Great War” – officially ended when the Treaty of Versailles was signed on June 28, 1919, in the Palace of Versailles outside the town of Versailles, France. However, fighting ceased seven months earlier when an armistice, or temporary cessation of hostilities, between the Allied nations and Germany went into effect on the eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month. For that reason, November 11, 1918, is generally regarded as the end of “the war to end all wars.”