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American Legion to host dinner, live music; VFW to host ceremony for Veterans Day

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By Jill McLaughlin

The Los Alamos VFW Post 8874 will hold a Veterans Day Ceremony at 11 a.m. at Ashley Pond to honor veterans Saturday. The special ceremony will include a color guard and trumpet player.

Following the ceremony, the public is invited to the VFW for a celebration, at 1793 Deacon St., Los Alamos.
The American Legion Frank G. Frainier Post 90 in Los Alamos is planning a steak dinner and live music night on Veterans Day Saturday.

Legion members, the public and anyone eligible for membership is welcome for the steak dinner that starts at 4 p.m. in the dining hall at 1325 Trinity Drive, said Commander Linda Fox.

The dinner costs $15 for a ribeye steak, loaded baked potato, salad, roll, dessert and soft drink. To reserve a dinner, call the American Legion at 662-7772 before 8 p.m. Thursday.

Following the dinner, members and anyone eligible to join the legion – which includes anyone who was in the military, or parents, or siblings of those in the military – can stay for the live music that starts at 6 p.m. in the bar area.

Bat Bennett, a well-known musician, will play his special mix of tunes in the bar.

“People really get involved,” Fox said. “He’s really a very good entertainer.”

The night will also include a raffle for Domino’s Pizza certificates worth $50, an auction for a cooler and other items, and New Mexico Gaining with give away prizes for more than 40 items.

The American Legion is also gearing up for its annual Wreaths Across America program to honor Los Alamos veterans during a special Nationwide Remembrance Ceremony at 10 a.m. Dec. 16 at Guaje Pines Cemetery.

The Legion’s goal is to honor all 400 or more veterans laid to rest at the Los Alamos cemetery.

The group is selling wreaths at several outlets in Los Alamos. One wreath costs $15, a family of four wreaths costs $60 and a corporate sponsor of 100 wreaths or more can also be purchased.

The wreaths can be purchased at Smith’s locations in Los Alamos and White Rock, and at Metzger’s Hardware, and at the American Legion, Fox said.