Veterans marched, Scouts saluted and hundreds of Calaveras County residents remembered the service of U.S. military personnel during solemn ceremonies observing Veterans Day on Wednesday.

Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2600 hosted a flag ceremony at the Calaveras County Government Center. Boy Scout troops 355 and 302 assisted. The San Andreas ceremony included a 21-gun salute.

In Copperopolis, it was VFW Post 12118 that led a parade and ceremonies.

The Ebbetts Pass Veterans Memorial District and Boy Scout Troop No. 343 organized a ceremony held at the Ebbetts Pass Veterans Memorial in Murphys.

During the Murphys ceremony, participants passed a can for contributions to Operation Mend, a charity that pays for reconstructive surgery for veterans disfigured during explosions in recent wars in the Middle East. Ric Ryan, a veteran known for his support of Operation Mend, said that he counted $4,430 in donations in the can.

“I want the community to know how great they are,” Ryan said of the donation.

Reporters Charity Maness, Travis Taborek and Sonia Waraich contributed to this article.

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