Remembering the price of freedom |

Remembering the price of freedom

Sally J. Taylor

Amid the holiday buzz of traffic and recreational noise, perhaps 100 people paused Monday in silent remembrance for those who fought for America’s freedom.

The soldiers who lost their lives in service to their country, whether from disease, starvation, torture or in battle, were given special honor.

With a prayer for those lost, Honor Guard Chaplain John Frank of American Legion Post 795 opened the service at Happy Homestead Cemetery.

Al Obermiller, the commander of the post, presented the memorial remembrance under cloudy skies.

“This is a sacred day to remember and honor those who gave their lives,” he said. “Because of their sacrifice, we have the freedom to choose the kind of life we wish to live.”

Also remembered were all those loved ones who have died.

“Man has a kind of immortality,” Obermiller said. “Look around at the names of family, neighbors, friends – names on graven tablets. We recall the names and faces of those who have departed.”

Members of the South Lake Tahoe High School Junior ROTC, Boy Scouts Troop 595 and the South Lake Tahoe Police provided the honor guard for the service. American Legion Post 795 Firing Squad, lead by Nick Lahti, presented the salute.

Councilwoman Margo Osti opened the service by singing “America the Beautiful” and followed a 30-second time of silence with “The Star Spangled Banner.”

The salute was followed by the haunting sound of “Taps,” played by Francine Tanner, also from Post 795.

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