Locals and visitors alike pay tribute to veterans at the annual Memorial Day Weekend barbeque in Caliente.

Caliente’s Memorial Day Celebration was lauded as well-organized, with a variety of activities enjoyed by visitors and locals alike.

Events began with a free family movie under the stars at Kershaw-Ryan State Park on Thursday, May 24. Friday began with American flags being placed at the Veterans Cemetery and along Front Street. On the island across from the flags was a row of signs thanking the EMTs that serve the community.

A Memorial Day barbecue was held at Nevada Bank & Trust, serving over 400 people.

Saturday morning began with the Memorial Classic 5K Fun Run/one-mile walk, followed by Mayor George Tommy Rowe cutting the Bike and Skills Park’s ribbon, officially opening the park.

Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) Deputy Evan Schimbeck gave some bicycling rules and advice on safe riding, then handed out bike helmets, compliments of the LCSO.

Softball games and activities for kids were held at Dixon and Rose Memorial park.

Saturday began with the line-up of the parade at the Rodeo Grounds. The parade then headed down Clover Street, a new route which allowed residents on Rowan Drive to step out their back doors and enjoy it.

First prize went to the FitzSimons’ family’s float and second went to Loving Care.

A high school reunion for the ’50s-’70s was held at Kershaw-Ryan with close to 100 people attending. Vendors were at the co-op area, selling ribs, corn, baked goods, salsa, and Scentsy. Politicians answered public questions.

Creative Artists, located in the Depot’s Community Room, showed off the talent of Lincoln County artists.

A patio dance was held on the sidewalk at the Depot and there are hopes it will become an annual occurrence.

Ending the evening was a bike ride of lights with Tall Bike Ed.

Sunday, Memorial Day, was filled with music, car shows, and people lining up to buy tickets for the barbecue.

The Color Guard entered with the Star Spangled Banner playing. When Bud Sanders sounded Taps, a chill was left in the air.

Jack Horner, Post 7114 Quartermaster, spoke about the meaning of Memorial Day, asking all vets to come forward to be honored and asking people to come and shake hands with them.

The ticket drawing went fast and smooth with plenty of happy winners, despite the slight drizzle of rain.

On Monday, Memorial Day, people drove to the cemetery where there were flags on each grave. As the Color Guard marched up the the hill, people came to the gravesite of Keith Brose, a United States Navy Vietnam veteran who passed in 2017. Brose was Post 7114’s chaplain. A white, red and blue rose was laid on his resting place. It seemed fitting that as Bud Sanders sounded Taps, a train horn was heard in the distance, as if also paying tribute.

Horner spoke about the importance of remembering the meaning of this day and those who served and will continue to serve.

Dave Hefner closed with prayer and then the Color Guard went down the hill with the crowd slowly following them. Some continued on to family grave sites to lay flowers or just to visit for a moment.