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Military veterans honored today

Veterans Day services in South Lake Tahoe will begin at 11 a.m. Friday at American Legion Post 795, 2748 Lake Tahoe Blvd., across from Meeks Building Center. It will last approximately 45 minutes. The ceremony, which is planned to take place in the parking area, will be moved inside in case of inclement weather. The public is welcome to attend the celebration that honors living veterans.

The service will include a 12-gun salute by a firing squad comprised of members of American Legion and Veterans of Foreign Wars, NJROTC color guard, Black Bear Bagpipers, and patriotic songs by Ashley Petrell. Also participating will be South Lake Tahoe police and fire departments, the El Dorado Sheriff’s Department and the Sheriff’s Team of Active Retirees. The gathering will be addressed by Mayor Kathay Lovell, American Legion Cmdr. Eugene Ross, VFW Cmdr. Richard Hughes, and American Legion Auxiliary President Gail Ross.

Cake and coffee will be offered following the service. For more information call the American Legion Post 795 at (530) 541-8788 or Cmdr. Ross at (530) 542-3646.

VFW poppy distribution

Veterans of Foreign War South Lake Tahoe Post 2627 members will be distributing Buddy Poppies during Veterans Day weekend, Friday, Saturday and Sunday at Safeway Bijou, Main Post Office, Raley’s at Village Center and the “Y,” and Kmart. They will also be accepting donations to support the many programs that are designed to assist all veterans and their families.

Flags to be laid at cemetery

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American flags will be placed on all marked and unmarked graves of veterans at the Happy Homestead Cemetery, 1261 Johnson Boulevard in South Lake Tahoe. More than 300 flags will be placed during the 7 a.m. event. It is the first in what will be an annual event at the cemetery to honor veterans, said Doc League, Veterans Services Representative for the El Dorado County Department of Veterans Affairs. Flags are traditionally placed at the gravesites on Memorial Day.

What’s closed Friday in observance of Veterans Day

— Federal, state, county and city government offices in Nevada and California

— Schools in California and Nevada

— Libraries

— Banks

— Post offices