The Reno Flag Day Celebration has been held on a Sunday for the last 14 years, but this year, organizers are trying something different.
The 15th annual celebration is scheduled for Saturday.
"We decided to try a Saturday this year because all the towns and cities have their parades on Saturday," said Charlotte Jordan, secretary of Reno Lions Club, which sponsors the event.
Jordan said children love to be in the parade because they like to spend time decorating their bikes to show, but she noted the event is enjoyed by all ages.
"Just having the celebration of our freedom and to live our lives our own way and being a community is great," she said.
The parade marshal - and the Reno Lions Club's Citizen of the Year - is Clarence Bauerbach, 74, a Reno resident for 21 years and a construction worker for 44 years at Bauerbach Builder and Contractor.
If you go
What: 15th annual Reno Flag Day celebration
When: Parade will start at 10 a.m. Saturday, lineup at 9:30.
Where: The parade will start at Summit Road in Reno and continue on Forshey Road and Brant Drive to the Marietta Township Park and Recreation Center on Sandhill Road, where the program will be held.
Who: Anyone who wants to join. Those who are coming to the program are asked to bring a lawn chair and dessert.
"I'm not a person who likes to put my stuff out there; I like to have a low profile, but it's a great honor," Bauerbach said.
Bauerbach is there to help the community however he can, including scraping the driveways of elderly residents in the winter, Jordan said. He's also helped to get some of the grants for the Marietta Township Park and Recreation Center (the former Reno School) as well as remodel the kitchen and paint all the classrooms.
After the parade, there will be a program to recognize veterans, including the raising of the flag, and the playing of the national anthem. Local historian Scott Britton will be speak on the history of the flag and its importance in the Civil War. There will also be food, with those attending asked to bring a dessert, and their own lawn chairs.
Lester Anderson, emeritus professor in the Physics Department at Marietta College will be playing some tunes from his organ at the recreation center.
The parade starts at 10 a.m. and is open to anyone, with lineup at 9:30 at Summit Road.