By Leilani Zee, Boulder City Review
While last year’s blustery weather kept Memorial Day visitor numbers down, officials are expecting sunny skies this year and plenty of attendance at local ceremonies and throughout the Lake Mead National Recreation Area.
The Southern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery will host a Memorial Day ceremony beginning Monday at 1 p.m. that is expected to draw between 800 and 1,000 attendees, including U.S. Sen. Harry Reid, U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley and former Gov. Jim Gibbons. The event is hosted by the Military Order of the Purple Heart.
The ceremony will begin with a presentation of colors and the Pledge of Allegiance, followed by the recognition of veterans in attendance, and parents of blue- and gold-star veterans. Boulder City musician Phil Esser will sing the national anthem and “God Bless America.” The Nevada Opera Theatre Chorus and the Peoples Valley Chorus will also perform.