RENO-SPARKS, Nev. (MyNews4.com & KRNV) -- The Reno-Sparks Indian Colony honored its deceased military veterans Monday morning. The colony held two ceremonies for Memorial Day, one at Mountainview Cemetery and another at the Hungry Valley Memorial Cemetery. The services included a traditional native honor song, a Christian prayer and the playing of taps.
The RSIC has four members currently serving in active duty, 55 living veterans and 82 veterans who have passed on.
"It's a beautiful day here at Hungry Valley and I think it's just the start of a beginning passed down from generation to generation (for) what our veterans have done for us," Tribal Chairman of the Reno-Sparks Indian Colony Arlan Melendez said.
Officials say Native Americans have the highest rate of enlistment into the armed forces of any ethnicity in the United States