Hundreds of Cars did laps at the Virginia City Memorial Day Parade on C Street as Virginia City celebrated the memory of America’s Veterans on Saturday, May 23rd, 2020. While crowds were way smaller than in years past, it was clear folks were ready to get out from the lockdown and enjoy the sunshine.
Masks were scattered throughout the crowd, but most of the folks visiting went mask free. Merchants were happy to see folks back in town.
“I really hope this reflects a trend for the future,” explained Jason Teague from the Comstock Bandito. “We need folks to know we are open for business up here in Virginia City.”
“I couldn’t believe it when several people called the cops on me for opening,” explained Tom Quigley. “We should be able to operate our businesses if we are doing so safely.”
Another merchant explained how many of his fellow businessmen and women were experiencing tough times. “I just hope the shops that are closed can reopen. My rent is top-loaded for the summer months. I will pay $7000 per month in June, July, and August. While it is great to see some C Street owners give their tennants a break on thier rent, my landlord isn’t returning my calls. Last time I talked to them, they said ‘hey, everyone is hurting, we can’t help you’. I may not be able to stay open past July if things don’t change in a big fat hurry.”
Controversy about masks aside, it was nice to see people in town, if briefly.
Storey County celebrated Memorial Day 2018 with a dedication to the Mark Twain Veterans Memorial.