Monday marks christening of long awaited memorial |

Monday marks christening of long awaited memorial

Rick Chandler

The culmination of two years of arduous planning and coordination is at hand for Bill Kerr, Eugene Ross and many others connected with the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

The new Veterans Monument in South Lake Tahoe is scheduled to be dedicated on Memorial Day.

“It seems like even longer than that, and I’m tired,” said Kerr, a former Marine who along with Ross has coordinated the project from its inception. “A lot of time and effort went into this.”

Said Ross, a Vietnam veteran: “It’s not over yet. We’ll be driving all day tomorrow.”

The pair were to drive to Oakland today to pick up the plaque that will be installed on the granite memorial. After a groundbreaking ceremony on May 1, the monument was erected over the next week. The plaque will be installed today.

Several local businesses and organizations chipped in to pay for the monument, which will honor “All veterans, dead or alive, from all wars,” according to Ross – the commander of VFW Post 2627.

The monument is located along U.S. Highway 50 near the El Dorado County Library. The dedication will take place at 1 p.m. on Monday, at the library on Rufus Allen Boulevard. The public is invited.

A number of South Lake Tahoe public officials and businessmen donated time, money and labor to make the monument project a reality. Among them were Fifth District County Supervisor Dave Solaro and his assistant Judi Harkins, who worked with the county, city and TRPA to secure the site for the monument.

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