On May 21, in the downtown business district, the Greater Grass Valley Chamber of Commerce, the City of Grass Valley and the County of Nevada are proud to partner in hosting the inaugural Grass Valley Armed Forces Day Celebration from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm. The event honors active-duty military personnel and announces the seven recipients of the Military Service Awards for 2022.

On Armed Forces Day, we honor and offer our profound appreciation and gratitude to the patriots who are serving in our Nation’s Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine Corps, Space Force, and Coast Guard. Their professionalism and unwavering dedication to supporting and defending our Constitution has been vital in allowing our democracy to flourish, safeguarding peace and growing prosperity for our citizens, and giving hope to oppressed peoples or those facing tyranny abroad. Less than one percent of Americans serve on active duty in the Armed Forces. Those who do volunteer to put their lives on the line to protect our country and democracy wherever they are called to serve. Whether they are Active Duty, National Guard, or in the Reserve, they are true American heroes, and we all owe them. 

The Greater Chamber of Grass Valley is inspired to honor our military with this special celebration.   

This celebration will be a family affair, including flyovers and music from the United States Airforce Band of the Golden West. Also expected to participate will be representatives from military units in Sacramento, Alameda, and San Francisco, USCG station Lake Tahoe, with Opening and Closing Colors provided by the 9th Force Support Squadron Honor Guard from Beale AFB.

The five-hour event will begin at 11:00 am with Opening Colors, followed by a program that will include three separate flyovers! FAA and Homeland Security has given clearance for a never-before-done mini airshow over our rural town. Coast Guard Air Station Sacramento will roar over town in a C-27J Spartan medium-range surveillance plane; a T-38 will fly up from Beale AFB; the Army National Guard will bring a UH-60 Black Hawk rescue helicopter.