Celebrate Memorial Day

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By Special to the Monitor

Memorial Day 2010 will be observed at 11 a.m. May 31 at the Guaje Pines Cemetery.

The entire community is invited. This year’s theme is honoring those who “answered the call.”

Memorial Day is a national holiday to thank and honor those who have given their lives in the nation’s service.

Service men and women have given their lives for their country during times of war and conflict around the world.

They willingly did so to defend citizens’ freedom and way of life.

This year’s host is the Donald Larson Assembly #688 of the Fourth Degree Knights of Columbus and Gary Ahlers will be this year’s keynote speaker.

Ahlers is a nine-year resident of Los Alamos. He served for more than 20 years as a detective with the New Jersey police department. He was active in the Bergen County family court system and was elected to the New Jersey Honor Legion for Meritorious Service and Exceptional Duty.

He also served as a police academy instructor specializing in juvenile justice and law. Ahlers also spent time at Ground Zero the November following Sept. 11.

Ahlers is a private business owner. He is a Fourth Degree member of the Donald A. Larson Assembly #688 of the Knights of Columbus.

He is active in the Immaculate Heart of Mary Youth Leadership Program and he serves as vice president of the Northern New Mexico Crisis Center for Domestic Violence and shelter.

He is very active in all levels of the Los Alamos school’s athletic programs serving as a coach and referee in many sports.

He has been married to his wife, Joan for 18 years and he is the father of six children: Erin, Gary, Madison, Jourdan, Gregory and Sienna, grandfather of three; Alexis, Hallie, and Garrett and stepfather to one, Frankie.

The Knights of Columbus would be honored to have the entire community join them in the observation of this solemn anniversary.

If individuals have a family member who is a veteran and is interred at Guaje Pines Cemetery, call Doreen Marsh at 662-2949 so that the loved one can be acknowledged accordingly.

This year’s observation is a joint community event co-sponsored by the following Los Alamos service organizations: The American Legion, Post 90; The Veterans of Foreign Wars, Post 8874; The Elks Lodge, BPOE 2083; The Military Order of World Wars, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Pajarito Lodge 66 and the Los Alamos High School Naval Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps.

All are invited to a light lunch to be served at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 401 Trinity Drive following the ceremony.