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Memorial service at Happy Homestead

Sally J. Taylor

Defying drizzly Monday-morning weather, several dozen hearty souls stood solemnly under umbrellas pausing to remember those who gave their lives in service to their country and those who had died later.

“Their service to God and community inspires us to rededicate ourselves to our community,” said Mary Lyman, president of the American Legion Auxiliary.

One of many survivors who came to honor loved ones at the Happy Homestead Cemetery was Dolores Lloyd. She placed flowers and a flag at the grave of her husband of 50 years, John B. Lloyd. The former Navy frogman who fought in the Pacific during World War II died in 1995.

With the speeches foreshortened by cold, wet and a lack of microphones, the service focused on the time-honored cadences of tradition.

The color guard battled winds that tugged against the flags of country and veterans groups while the clap of the honor guards’ gunshots reverberated into an otherwise quiet day. The mournful “Taps” from Francine Tanner of the American Legion Post 795 closed the service.

Participating in the ceremony were the American Legion, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 267, U.S. Marine Corp. Post 822, South Lake Tahoe Police Department, American Boy Scouts and the South Tahoe High School Junior ROTC.

City Council member Margo Osti sang the National Anthem and American Legion Chaplin Ramona Kluver gave the invocation.

The short ceremony was followed by refreshments and memories shared at the American Legion Hall.

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