News briefs: Memorial Day ceremony on South Shore and more |

News briefs: Memorial Day ceremony on South Shore and more

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The American Legion Post 795 of South Lake Tahoe invites residents and visitors to join members of American Legion and its Ladies Auxiliary in remembering those who have died in service to our nation. The Memorial Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. on Monday, May 30, at the Happy Homestead Cemetery, located at 1261 Johnson Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe. After the ceremony, the public is invited to join Legion and Auxiliary members for refreshments at the American Legion Hall, located at 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe.

Memorial Day honors men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. Originally known as Decoration Day, it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971.

On Memorial Day weekend, members of the Auxiliary will be collecting donations for poppies, which have become a national symbol of Memorial Day. Poppy donation locations on Friday and Saturday, May 27-28, include Raley’s Supermarkets at the South Y Center (1040 Emerald Bay Road and 4000 Lake Tahoe Blvd.), Safeway (1020 Johnson Lane), along with possibly the main Post Office (1046 Al Tahoe Blvd.) on Friday, May 27.

This distribution of the bright red memorial flower to the public is one of the oldest and most widely recognized programs of the American Legion Auxiliary. This memorial flower can be traced to a single individual, Miss Moina Michael. She was so moved by Col. John McCrae’s poem “In Flanders Fields” that she bought a bouquet of poppies and handed them to businessmen meeting at the New York YMCA where she worked. Later, she would spearhead a campaign that resulted in the adoption of the poppy as the national symbol of sacrifice.

Happy Homestead is the final resting place to more than 560 veterans. Volunteers are encouraged to help our local veterans group, Vets in Counseling, place American flags at their gravesites prior to Memorial Day weekend. Volunteers are asked to meet at Happy Homestead Cemetery on Friday, May 27, at 5 p.m.

For more information, contact Ladies Auxiliary’s president Carol Olivas at 530-544-1306.


Kahle Community Center summer RAD Camps are open for registration. Each week, the group takes four field trips and has one themed field day at Kahle Park. Registration packets and calendars are available for pick up at Kahle Community Center.

For more information or to register, call Kahle Community Center at 775-586-7271.


Al Anon meets every Friday from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at Unity at the Lake, located at 1195 Rufus Allen Blvd. in South Lake Tahoe. It’s a support group for people affected by alcoholism.

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