Veterans Day

Veterans Day 2020 was one-of-a-kind ceremony held during the COVID-19 Pandemic. It included the participation of the spouses and children of veterans, though the Veterans Monument grounds which are normally filled with 1,000 to 2,000 spectators were empty because of the pandemic.

Veterans Day ceremonies occur on the November 11 each year at 1100 hours at the El Dorado County Veterans Monument, 360 Fair Lane in Placerville.

The ceremonies last from an hour to an hour and a half and include: Parade of flags by veterans organizations and youth groups, a fly-over and missing man formation by a squadron of World War II Navy and Marine Corps warbirds, Performance of the National Anthem and Service Anthems sung by the Ponderosa High School Chamber Choir, an Invocation and Benediction by a military chaplain, Pledge of Allegiance, Readings of proclamations by state and local dignitaries, Presentation of the Veteran of the Year and Service and Support Award, Presentation of a memorial wreath, a three-volley salute by a combined rifle team of veterans, a performance of “Taps” by a bugler and the playing of Amazing Grace by a piper. It is one of the largest and most militarily correct Veterans Day ceremonies held in California.


Veteran of the Year

2011 – Larry Hyder (USA)

2012 – Jacob Parsons (USN)

2013 –Philip Houseworth (USA)

2014 – Richard Buchanan (USMC)

2015 – Brandon Ericsson (USA)

2016 – Joe Whiten (USA)

2017 – Tim Thompson (USA)

2018 – Bill Schultz (USN)

2019 – Wally Richardson (USN)

2020 – Art Edwards (USN)

2021 – Leo Cooper (USA)

2022 – Jennifer Newman (CAANG/USAF)