On November 1, 2019, Doris received her WW2 medals for the first time, courtesy Starlyn Lara, Northern Nevada Veterans Resource Center, Reno. They were ordered through son Bill's studies with the State of Nevada Veterans Services Nevada Veterans Advocate certification, but they weren't to come until May 2020, well into Doris' 100th year. Starlyn made sure Doris would have them for the parade.
Those are quite large and heavy, used for display purposes, so Brigadier General Ondra L. Berry, Assistant Adjutant General, Nevada Air National Guard, will present the "rack" pictured below to Doris at the start of the parade. Mayor Schieve will also make a proclamation as the day, 11/11, will henceforth be known as Doris Howard Day and Doris will receive a key to the Biggest Little City.
That evening, Doris will attend the AUSA Westmoreland Chapter Annual Veterans Day Dinner. Jenny and Jack Logan, current and past presidents, were instrumental in the plans for General Berry's participation in the presentation of Doris' medals.
I am so very grateful for the overwhelming parade of honors I am receiving. And especially to Linda Dickerson of Reno Nevada Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 989 for her kind nomination.
I am deeply honored to represent all Northern Nevada veterans who have given so much so selflessly in the service of their country.
And it is such an honor to be Co-Grand Marshall with Ionnis Lourgaris who had done so much for veteran's healthcare throughout the region for so many decades which has resulted in this marvelous VA hospital we are all so proud of."
The story of Challenge coins goes back to WWI when a lieutenant minted special coins for all those in his unit as a symbol of unity and loyalty. A member of this unit was mistaken for a German saboteur and presented his coin to French soldiers as proof of his allegiance to the Allies. Because of the coin, his life was spared. Other members in his unit then started always carrying their coin.
Today the Challenge coins are an important part of unofficial military honors. Many military and veteran organizations have their own coins and even NCOs and officers will create their own coins to hand out to persons they respect or want to recognize.
It is my honor to have been able to give Doris one of our Chapter coins.
— Linda Dickinson, Past President
Vietnam Veterans of America, Sierra Nevada Chapter 989