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Volunteers place over 600 flags at Happy Homestead for Veterans Day

SOUTH LAKE TAHOE, Calif. — Veterans, first responders and the community usually pack the American Legion Hall in South Lake Tahoe for the annual Veterans Day ceremony.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the event was canceled. However, the pandemic or the snow didn’t stop those from honoring those who served even on a bitter cold morning after the season’s first snow.

About 10 volunteers placed over 600 flags at the Happy Homestead with the temperature in the single digits and several inches of snow at 9 a.m., Monday morning.

The volunteers, from the American Legion and the Lake Tahoe Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution, couldn’t see the headstones on the graves, so they cleared snow, made paths and lined them with flags. There are about 600 veterans buried in the cemetery.

“We are very grateful for the volunteers,” said Adria Nkala, district manager of Happy Homestead Cemetery District.

The volunteers brought hot chocolate and coffee to the cemetery.

The ceremony takes place on the eleventh hour of the eleventh month of the eleventh day to commemorate WWI, when the guns stopped at 11 a.m. on Nov. 11, 1918.

Lake Tahoe Veterans, a grassroots veterans group aimed at uniting veterans, will be interviewing two local 90-year-old WWII veterans on Wednesday.

The Daughters of the American Revolution will host a virtual ceremony at Happy Homestead on 10:30 a.m. on Friday and Saturday, Nov. 13-14, for Wreaths Across America.

El Dorado County government offices will be closed Wednesday, Nov. 11, in honor of Veterans Day.

Veterans and Gold Star families get free access to national parks and other public lands to on Veterans Day.

Correction: This article has been updated with the amount of volunteers and that The Daughters of the American Revolution helped plant the flags.

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