Event Gallery

21 OCT 21 Daughters of the American Revolution Dinner

10 OCT 21 Rest in Peace Brett G. Palmer

Services for Brett G. Palmer were held at the Lyon County Fire Protection District and at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Fernley today.  Hundreds of uniformed Police, Fire, Sheriffs,  Sea Cadets, Coalition, Bag Pipers, Bret’s son John in his US Army Blues, and various veterans and the Patriot Guard and many other mourners paid their respects to Brett in Fernley. After official ceremonies were concluded at the Fire House, a large procession proceeded to the cemetery where Brett’s “cover” atop a horse and his “urn” were taken for one last “stroll” around the cemetery followed by mourners.  We then gathered for the unveiling of a painting of Brett which will reside somewhere at the cemetery. The present “pavilion” (where services are held today) will be torn down in the future and a new one erected in it’s place.  It’s hoped that the new pavilion will be named the Brett G. Palmer Memorial Pavilion. Pictured are Sharon Serenko, Veterans Coalition Chaplain holding Brett’s portrait.  Also, VVA 989er and Marine Corps. League Officer Susan Malone and VVA 989 President, J. R. Stafford with the wreath Chapter 989 provided for the service today. The family has asked that donations be made to “Wreaths Across America” which Brett was a big support of.  …Guessing we’ll see many of you on 18DEC21 when it’s time to put wreaths on the graves of 8,000 plus who rest in Fernley’s Veterans Memorial Cemetery.

1 OCT 21 Chapter Brunch Ugly Hawaiian Shirt Contest

For the October Chapter Brunch there was stiff competition for the final Ugly Hawaiian Shirt Competition. A record 11 shirts were on display. In the end our Vice Pres John O. came away with this month’s Trophy. Next category to a judged will be Ugly Christmas Sweaters, tis the season to dig them out.
John with unknown Runner- Up

26 SEP 21 Honor Flight

Southwest Airlines flew in its Boeing 737 Freedom One, a high-flying tribute to our military to transport its special passengers from Reno to Washington DC today. VVA 989 members Bill Hines, John Maga and Ray Scow are in the group headed to DC.

17 SEP 21 VVA 989 Day at the Reno Air Races

The Reno Championship Air Races and Air Show was a fantastic event for the VVA / AVVA 989 Members who were able to attend. Friday’s session was Military Appreciation Day, Veterans received a complimentary ball cap from the Reno Air Races. The Flag Trailer and Outreach Booth were surrounded by a variety of military airplanes and recruiters. The Flag Trailer did a Drive-by in front of the grandstands loaded with 989 members during the Opening Ceremonies that included a Tribute to Veterans. What a great moment for 989. Buddy was a hit with the youngsters who were choosing a duck to take home. Once again, Ray and crew had set up the Flag Trailer and Booth by the time gates opened. Members were available to talk to all interested folks who stop by. Members could spend time at the Outreach Booth and had time to roam the Pits and Vendor Areas. It was a Great Day to be a part of 989, a Veteran and an American.

15 SEP 21 VVA Region 8 & 9 Conference Nugget Sparks

VVA / AVVA 989 was well represented at the VVA Region 8/9 Pre-Convention Conference September 15 at the Nugget. At the Opening Ceremony the Posting of the Colors was executed by Ray Scow and J. R.  Stafford. Seven VVA 989 members with two AVVA listened to their proposed VVA Constitutional Amendments and Resolutions in preparation for the National VVA Meeting in November

13 SEP 21 989 Color Guard Presentation State Directors of Veterans Services  Meeting Peppermill

11 SEP 21 VVA 989 Supports TMCC’s Veterans Operation Battle Born Never Forget

Operation Battle Born: Never Forget is a moving Memorial of all those lives lost twenty years ago, as well as homage to those who chose to devote their lives to serve our country. TMCC’s Veterans Program is honoring the veterans killed since 9/11 with an 11 mile march from the Summit Mall to the Nevada Veterans Memorial Park at the Sparks, Nevada. Veterans call this a “ruck march”, which is when a soldier marches relatively quickly with a loaded pack. VVA / AVVA 989 was there at the start with support and hospitality and will be at the finish in the Sparks Marina welcoming the finishers.

05SEP21 VVA 989 and the Reno Aces Military Appreciation Night

This evening was a GREAT Day to be  a part of VVA/AVVA 989.  The POW/MIA Chair was rededicated with our special Guest of Honor former POW 102 year old, SSgt. John Levitte, US Army during the game. (For Full pictures and story please tap on the Red link)

03 SEP 21 2nd Winner of the Ugly Hawaii Shirt Contest

VVA / AVVA  989 assembled for the Friday Brunch Bunch at the Gold and Silver Inn, Reno.  After the great success of last month’s Ugly Hawaii Shirt Contest the tradition continued. Competition was steep, only three shirts were being displayed. One Shirt was removed from the competition by the Judge who was wearing it.  Bill Hines narrowly edged out the other competition and received the Distinguished Trophy Hat. Stay tuned for next month’s competition announcement.

02 SEP 21 Nevada Humane Society support from VVA/AVVA 989

AVVA 989 Regional Representative Brigitte Stafford received an emergency request to help transport Pet food and supplies needed by the displaced Caldor Fire Evacuees and their pets. Donations were received at the Reno Humane Society Building but were needed at the Douglas County Fairgrounds. Immediately action was taken to provide the VVA 989 Flag Trailer. Humane Society Volunteers helped load the trailer. Ray Scow at the wheel with copilot J. R. Stafford headed south with their much-needed cargo.

Over the past few years AVVA 989 members have logged in many volunteer hours at the Humane Society. The Humane Society posted this thank you massage about VVA Chapter 989 on Facebook. Thank you to the amazing volunteers from Vietnam Veterans of America Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 who volunteered their trailer, their time and their support to help transport ALL these supplies to pets in need! These volunteers are also the proud parents of former Nevada Humane Society shelter pets. Ray adopted his beloved #RescueDog Buddy from our Reno Shelter several years ago and the two are inseparable! The need for the Humane Society support may not be over. Brigitte is keeping track of volunteers who may be needed in the near future on short notice.

Well Done 989!!

30AUG21 Candle Light Vigil for NNUVC President

Brett Palmer

The 30AUG21 Candle Light Vigil for Northern Nevada United Veterans Coalition President, Brett Palmer, was attended by many members of the Fernley community, the Veterans Coalition, and various members of the Northern Nevada Veterans Service Organization (VSO) Community.  VVA 989ers, Ralph & Sandy Theiss, Bill Grey, Ray Scow and Brigitte and J. R. Stafford were there with the Flag Trailer.  All attendees were there to pay respects to a man who was the strong and outspoken leader of the fine organization who provides outstanding tribute to our veterans who are buried or inurned at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery (NNVMC).  Various members spoke of Brett’s humor, leadership and love of the “Wreaths Across America” program.  Donations for wreaths to cover every veteran’s grave or along the wall where they are inurned were collected and members of the Coalition vowed to carry on with the program, and make this year’s program the best yet…as Brett was often heard to say.  Rest In Peace, Marine.  Your Coalition is behind your legacy and your friends will carry on.

29 AUG 21 Candlelight Vigil for the 13 US Service Members

Members of 989 joined Reno Citizens in front of the ‘Believe’ sculpture to show support for 13 US service members killed at the Kabul airport explosion last week. There was time to reflect on this tragic event.  Small candles were lit. Thoughts and prayers were sent to the family members of the fallen.

God bless all uniform personnel -God bless the United States.

28 AUG 21 Outreach Booth at DAV Raffle and Car Show and Shine

 VVA 989 supported the DAV at their Annual Raffle with our Flag Trailer on display and a well manned Outreach Booth.  The Car Show and Shine was organized by the Iron Mafia Car Club in the Sportsman’s Warehouse parking lot on Kietzke Lane, Reno. Along with the raffle was a generous barbecue was provided for all comers. The Northern Nevada Veterans Coalition paid tribute to their fallen leader Brett Palmer.  VVA members did shine with a number of vehicles on display. 989er James and Gloria picked up a trophy for their fine looking 49 Red and Silver Chevrolet Pickup.

08 AUG 21 Car Show and Shine at NNS Veterans Home

VVA 989 with the help of AVVA hosted a “SMOKEY AUGUST AFTERNOON” for a grateful group of Veterans living at 33 Battle Born Way, Sparks.

989 received a request for cars to visit at the NNS Veterans Home early this week. The result was a terrific event with support from many car clubs.

2 dozen vehicles provided a variety of exceptional cars from VW Bugs to a Corvette. (See photos)  Also on display were T- Buckets to Pickup Trucks and a Coupe Deville Low Rider. What’s more natural than Veterans and Classic Cars?

The sounds of 50’s and 60’s music filled the air. Not to be outdone, a group of 3 T-Buckets put out a little bit of music of their own.

The Veterans were treated to Ice Cream Sundaes and Popcorn. Many restrictions were in place but that didn’t curb the enthusiasm.

The Awards received by the Car owners were the smiles and appreciation from the Veterans and Staff. From the gratitude shown by the Veterans’ faces, the car owners realized their time was well spent and the visit to the Veterans Home may be the highlight to their week.

Car owners began discussing making this an annual event. Well Done to the leadership of 989 for this event.

06 AUG 21 Winner Ugly Hawaii Shirt Contest

VVA 989 assembled for the First Friday Brunch Bunch at the Gold and Silver Inn, Reno. Prior to the meeting Members were asked to wear their ugliest Hawaii Shirt for an extremely sophisticated judged contest. Red exceeded all expectations with his former smoking shirt. Red proudly wore his extremely coveted award around his neck during the remainder of the Brunch.

29 JUL 21 NAM Celebrates the Birthday of The Stars and Stripes Newspaper

J.R. Stafford holds up a copy of Stars and Stripes announcing the capture of the Navy’s intelligence ship, the USS Pueblo. Stafford was serving in Vietnam when the news broke. Steve Ranson / LV

Members of VVA 989 attended an event that was at National Automobile Museum, Reno to celebrate 160 Birthday of The Stars and Stripes Newspaper.

UNR History Professor Doug Mishler portrayed the famous WWII correspondent Ernie Pyle on stage. Also a Video was shown “The Most Dangerous Paper Route in the World,” the story of Stars and Stripes. In the audience there were a number of Veterans who read the Stars & Stripes as their connection back home.

The video “The Most Dangerous Paper Route in the World” is available on YouTube; you should check it out. Please TAP on the link for a newspaper article in The Nevada State News that covered the events

24 JUL 21 VVA Chapter 989 Resumed it’s Outreach Booth at The Crossroads Gun Show

With many events returning to business as usual, 989 resumed it’s Outreach Program at The Crossroads Gun Show.  John and Linda Dickinson blew the dust off the items that were needed for the Outreach Booth. Many members of 989 were eager to volunteer after the lengthy downtime. You can see from the photos, Chapter 989 was well represented. 989 will have a number of opportunities in the near future for volunteering at other Outreach Events. You may want to check them out on the 989 Website- Members Only- section. Thank you to all of you who volunteered! Well Done !

24 JUL 21 A Shout Out to Walt Rosenberg

Walt Rosenberg, Vietnam Veteran US Navy, Walt has been seen at many car shows and cruises displaying his T Bucket. Walt is a former member of 989 who transferred to 388. Walt has spent many hours at VAMC Reno volunteering time with Hospice Patients and as a Suicide Prevention Counselor. He has become a One-Man Outreach Ambassador for VA services. On Memorial Day Walt joined 989, during the cruise around the NNS Veterans Home. His car received a trophy at “The Showing for the Youth” Car Show which benefited the Eddie House. Nice guy-Nice car.

15 JUL 21 VVA 989 and Partners Team Up at the NNS Veterans Home

Ray, Do you know the Way to 36 Battle Born Way ?

Members of VVA 989 and our AVVA members, The Katie Grace Foundation and a large contingent of volunteers from the local Home Depot Stores in the area met and put together items for the three patios at the home. As residents watched from inside the home, mixed crews in three different patios assemble a patio table, a large cantilevered umbrella, some hose bibs and a storage box for patio items. (Chairs are back ordered and will follow.) These items are part of a larger Home Depot Foundation “Grant” for the home which includes a “build out” for shelving and storage items for the proposed “Sundry Store” inside the home. The store project is expected to be implemented in August.

Teamwork in Action!

4 JUL 21 4th of July on the Comstock

31 MAY 21 Memorial Day 989 Cruises The NNS Veterans Home

After concluding devotions at the Northern Nevada State Veterans Cemetery in Fernley, Members of Chapter 989 with our Flag Trailer were joined by other members of local veterans organizations and local car and motorcycle clubs to “Cruise” the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks. The cruise is our way of letting the residents know that they are not forgotten, especially on this most hallowed day of the year for veterans and their families. What started as an “afterthought” after the Fernley Memorial Day event in 2020 has grown into a good size “Cruise” in 2021. Who knows…perhaps we’ll actually publicize and make the cruise “official” in 2022 and use the occasion as a fund raiser for the residents of the Vets home.

25 MAY 21 NNS Veterans Home Planter Project

15 MAY 21 Hawthorne Armed Forces Day Parade

Sierra Nevada Chapter 989 VVA Color Guard Trailer receives the trophy- Military Division Award at the Hawthorne Armed Forces Day Parade on May 15th.

989 and AVVA Crew looking sharp at the parade!
19 APR 21 VVA 989 Delivers Hand Sanitizer to NNS Veterans Home and The Veterans Guest House

VVA 989 delivers a donation of hand sanitizer to the Northern Nevada State Veterans Home and the VA Veterans Guest House. This donation was made possible by our partner The Katie Grace Foundation. This donation is incredibly valuable to keep both sites safe and COVID-FREE for our Nevada Veterans. Well Done!

28 MAR 21 The Vietnam War Veterans Remembrance Day Hawkins Amphitheater Bartley Ranch Reno
At the Bartley Ranch Regional Park. Chapter President J.R. Stafford thanks Maj. Gen. Ondra Berry, Nevada’s Adjutant General at
the podium during National Vietnam Veterans Day event on March 28th.

11 NOV 20 Veterans Day at NNS Veterans Home

06 NOV 20   Ceremony – Veterans In Care (VIC) for NDVS

At Summit Estates, VVA Chapter 989 Color Guard members volunteered by posting of the “colors” (and our assorted flags preposted), and doing the presentation of the colors and honors during the National Anthem.  The VIC (ceremony) presents certificates from the Governor recognizing veterans living at the care facility for their service.  Most of the residents are WWII & Korean War veterans, but there is the occasional Vietnam Vet in the crowd.  We also recognize the widows of service members and the surviving spouse for her patriotism and support of the veteran during his service.  

COVID-19 has put a big stumbling block on VIC ceremonies and we look forward to a time when we can once again “shake the hands” and thank those veterans who have paid the price of freedom during previous generations.

12 NOV 19 Giving Thanks Dinner/ Scholarship Awards at the Bunker

11 NOV 19 1111 Hrs Veterans Day Parade Reno

3 OCT 19 NNS Veterans Home Open House

COVID-19 has put a big stumbling block on VIC ceremonies and we look forward to a time when we can once again “shake the hands” and thank those veterans who have paid the price of freedom during previous generations.

Sep 2019 989 AVVA at Homeless Veteran Stand Down


AUG 2019 Gary Meckler FINAL SALUTE

03 AUG 19 Aces Ballpark POW/MIA Military Night

AUG 19 Hot August Nights, Sparks, NV

29 JUN 19 Gold Star Family Memorial Monument Unveiled

Nevada’s first Gold Star Family Memorial Monument was unveiled on the grounds of The Northern Nevada State Veterans Home in Sparks on June 29, 2019.

( Photo by Terri Hendry )

30 MAR 19 Vietnam War Veterans Remembrance Day

Reno Events Center

 01 DEC 18 Sparks Hometowne Christmas Parade


DEC 18 989 Color Guard at the National Grazing Lands Conference

15 NOV 18 Chapter 989 Giving Thanks Dinner


11 NOV 18 Veterans Day Parade Reno

31 OCT 18 Sparks Street Renaming Kietzke Lane to

Battle Born Way

Battle Born Way stree renaming event 10.31.18_0095 (1) copy

13 APR 18 Spartan Pledge VAMC Reno

The VA held a Spartan Pledge in Reno to address suicide among those who’ve served in the military. Members of VVA 989 and AVVA assisted by ushering veterans and helped serve lunch.
The pledge created by Boone Cutler gives veterans a mission to seek another veteran before taking their life – a subject that’s often taboo among veterans.
The Spartan Pledge states: I will not take my own life by my own hand until I talk to my battle buddy first.

Members of VVA 989 and AVVA are ready to serve .

28 SEP 17 Take Me Home Huey Project

Displayed at The Nevada Museum of Art Take Me Home Huey® is dedicated to the 2,709,918 Americans that served in Vietnam. With the mission to thank and honor Vietnam veterans for their service and sacrifice, Take Me Home Huey is an Emmy-winning documentary film.

28SEP17 Recognition Senator Heller

AUG 17 Veteran & Support Governor’s Award

Kevin Burns, Chair, United Veterans Legislative CounselKevin Burns, Chair, United Veterans Legislative Counsel

Aug 17 VVA 989 Chapter Picnic

9 AUG 17 VVA National Convention New Orleans

JUN 17 Anniversary Dinner

04 JUL 17 Parade Virginia City

JUN 17 Reno Rodeo Parade

16 FEB 17 VVA 989 Chapter Meeting

25 JAN 17 Sierra Place Senior Living

VVA 989 Members visit NDVS Veterans In Care Program at Sierra Place Senior Living.

2 NOV 17 Celebration Fernley Assisted Living Veterans

29 OCT 16 Nevada Day Parade

AUG 2016 Hot August Nights


22 JUL 14 Washoe County BC Resolution VVA 989

DEC 13 Wreaths Across America

Wreaths Across America – December 2013 Chapter 989 places Christmas Wreaths on Soldiers Graves at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Fernley, NV

Wreaths Across America - December 2013. Chapter 989 places Christmas Wreaths on Soldiers Graves at the Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, in Fernley.

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NOV 13 Giving Thanks Dinner

November 2013 – Chapter 989 Giving Thanks Dinner with BSA Troop 1 helping out for all Members and Guests.

11 NOV 13 Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2013 – Chapter 989 holds annual Agent Orange Outreach at the Veterans Guest in Reno. Also The Chapter 989 Honor Guard marches in Veterans Day Parade in Reno, Nevada.

NOV 13 Hillside Elementary School Lunch WW II Vets

November 2013 – Hillside Elementary School in Lockwood, Nevada, hosts a Veterans Appreciation for WW2 Veterans !

20 OCT 13 Candlelight Vigil for Bob Sperry

Bob Sperry, Past President of VVA Chapter 989, killed during a robbery at the Bank of America in Reno, on October 16, 2013.

Rest In Peace

OCT 13 Missing In America Project Mass Internment

Missing In America Project (MIAP) Mass Internment, Northern Nevada Veterans Memorial Cemetery, Fernley.

Summer 2013 Outreach at Wal-Mart Outreach

DEC 12 Wreaths Across America Veterans Memorial Cemetery
OCT 12 Traveling Vietnam Wall at Mills Park, Carson City.

VVA 989 members Bob, Gary & Rick visit the Traveling Vietnam Wall.

JUN 12 Chapter VVA 989 Happy Birthday Potluck Dinner !
June 2012 - Happy Birthday 989 ! Chapter Potluck Dinner.
31 May 12 Memorial Service for WW II Veteran in Portola, CA.

AUG 11 VVA Convention

Hope you have enjoyed viewing the photos of the past Activities of the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 989 Reno Nevada.

Thank you for your time!