South Lake Tahoe American Legion will honor veterans Wednesday
SOUTH LAKE TAHOE — For Meyers resident Kenny Curtzwiler, being a member of the military is a source of pride.
“I’m very proud to have served my country, my state, and my community,” he said.
Curtzwiler, 59, spent 20 years in the Nevada Army National Guard, joining at the age of 30. He deployed briefly to Germany during Operation Desert Storm in 1991.
“The fondest memories I have were coming home over the hill, looking at the lake and being thankful for this country,” Curtzwiler said.
He also said the community’s support of veterans is huge.
On Veterans Day, Wednesday, Nov. 11, the American Legion Post 795 will hold its annual ceremony to honor active, retired and dead veterans who served in the U.S. Armed Forces.
“We’re really excited about the ceremony,” said Lisa Herron with the American Legion’s Women’s Auxiliary Group. “It’s a chance to honor all active and retired veterans.”
Veterans Day, formerly Armistice Day, signifies the anniversary of the day the treaty was signed to end World War I, on Nov. 11, 1918.
According to the American Legion, “it is historically significant that this day continue to be observed on the 11th hour of the 11th month of the 11th day to commemorate when the guns fell silent at 11 a.m. on November 11, 1918.”
A ceremony will be held inside the American Legion Hall, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., at 11 a.m. The ceremony will include opening remarks, guest speakers and a brief presentation.
Herron said the entire community is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be available.
For Herron, Veterans Day means a lot. Her husband, Mike, is a Army veteran, and her father, Lewis Breeden, served in War World II.
“Veterans Day, for me, is a time to remember veterans who put their lives on the line to give us the freedom we enjoy,” she said.
Initially, American Legion volunteers planned to place flags on the graves of veterans at Happy Homestead Cemetery. Herron said the weather forced the legion to cancel that ceremony.
Instead, Happy Homestead Cemetery, at 1261 Johnson Blvd., will plant a few flags to pay tribute to the more than 1,100 veterans who are buried there, according to general manager Mike Warren.
In addition to the American Legion ceremony, Paul Friederici of Alpine Carpet One will be honored at 3:30 p.m. for his store’s part in helping veterans through the Building for America’s Bravest program.
Alpine Carpet One, like its parent company Carpet One Floor and Home, provides flooring materials and installation for “smart homes,” according to Friederici.
He said Building for America’s Bravest constructs homes for returning veterans who have been catastrophically injured during service.
“They are building smart homes for veterans to make it easier for them to get around and do things for themselves,” Friederici said.
The program was created by the Stephen Siller Tunnel to Towers Foundation, an organization named in honor of a firefighter who died on Sept. 11, 2014.
“Having met some of these veterans and hear them tell their stories, it’s amazing that they say they would join all over again,” Friederici said. “It’s just very meaningful.”
Harrah’s Lake Tahoe Hotel and Casino will also offer a free buffet at Forest Buffet inside the casino and hotel for veterans from 5-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Veterans must have their veteran or military I.D.