For many years the Northern Recon Group has converged at the Butte County Fairgrounds west lot near the RV Park, hidden and not very noticeable. This year, they were able to take over the entire fairgrounds and the fleet of military vehicles arriving Thursday and visible on East Gridley Road made for a great event especially Saturday for the Living History Day.
Local veterans Vere Gardner and Garald Pettersen were honored and enjoyed a reception with a red, white and blue cake following the ceremony.
Three displays were set up covering World War II, Korea, Vietnam and current day military. Large black and white photos were on display and vendors had items on display to swap with other members or those attending who possibly own a military vehicle.
The NRS Flotilla took a trip out to the Afterbay on Thursday and members enjoyed parading around town with their military vehicles, thanks to Gridley-Biggs Police Officer Jim Roberts who lead the procession with his Harley Davidson on Friday. Free rides were given to veterans and family members. Also on display was a Huey Helicopter.
Other veterans honored were Don Rummel of the U.S. Army Air Corp Sgt., and Fran Burke a U.S. Merchant Marine.
Visit http://www.northernrecongroup.org for more information.