American Legion ceremony honors South Lake Tahoe veterans
In honor of Veterans Day, American Legion Post 795 will host its annual ceremony Saturday, Nov. 11, and the public is invited.
The ceremony will start at 11 a.m. Organizers are hoping local elected officials will join the chaplains and the heads of the post and the local ladies’ Auxiliary in speaking at the annual ceremony, according to Matthew Panks, commander of the American Legion Post 795.
Cake and light refreshments will be served following the ceremony, which will be hosted at the American Legion, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., in South Lake Tahoe.
With sunshine in the forecast for Saturday, Panks said the Legion is planning on hosting the event outside. In the event of inclement weather, the ceremony will be moved inside.
Originally known as Armistice Day, Nov. 11 has represented a day to remember the men and women who served the U.S. in uniform, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.
This will be the 99th year Americans observe the day.
Panks and several others said they are unaware of similar ceremonies taking place on South Shore, although there are quite a few events slated for off the hill.
Some South Shore businesses and organizations will be offering deals, discounts and other specials for veterans this weekend.
This includes the St. Theresa Knights of Columbus, which is sponsoring a veterans’ breakfast at St. Theresa’s Parish Grace Hall on Sunday following the 8 and 10 a.m. church services.
Government offices in will be closed Friday in recognition of Veterans Day in the city of South Lake Tahoe and El Dorado and Douglas counties. Those offices will resume regular operations on Monday, Nov. 13.