A day to honor veterans

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A Memorial Day community celebration will be held at Guaje Pines Cemetery at 11 a.m. Monday.

The entire community is invited. The theme is “Remembering those who have lost their lives for their country and a special remembrance of Vietnam.”

Memorial Day is a National Holiday to thank and honor the more than over 1,258,000 Americans that have given their life for their country during wartime and conflicts around the globe defending freedom and our way of life. Over 58,000 died in Vietnam and more than 1,600 remain Missing in Action in Vietnam. Over 42 million citizens have served this country during these times of conflict.

This year’s speakers include four living heroes and residents of Los Alamos who all served in Vietnam during the height of the conflict. They include Leland Lehman, Nick Mezins, Ed Miller and Dennis Hawley. They will all briefly share their experience to honor the fallen.

Lunch and socializing to remember the fallen will be available at the conclusion of the ceremony at the American Legion Post 90, 1325 Trinity Drive.

This is a joint community presentation organized by a variety of service organizations to include the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 8874, Elks B. P. O.E. Lodge 2083, Los Alamos High School NJROTC, Military Order of the World Wars Chapter 229, Knights of Columbus Assembly 0688, Daughters of the American Revolution, and a variety of other service organizations.

For questions or information, please contact the Post Commander, Lt. Col. Bill Cooper, USMC (ret) at 699-9347.

Attached is a list of the Memorial Day events across the state.



The long Memorial Day holiday weekend is on the horizon and for many, plans will include taking to the highway, pulling out the grill for a backyard barbecue or having fun in the water. The American Red Cross has steps everyone can follow to stay safe whatever their plans include.

“Memorial Day weekend marks the unofficial start of summer fun and we want everyone to have a safe holiday,” said Rahim Balsara, Regional CEO of the American Red Cross in New Mexico. “Whether the weekend will involve travel, grilling or swimming, we have safety tips everyone can follow.”

DRIVE SAFELY With more people on the roads, it’s important to drive safely. Be well rested and alert, use seat belts, observe speed limits and follow the rules of the road. If plans include drinking alcohol, designate a driver who won’t drink. Other tips for a safe trip include:

  • Give one’s full attention to the road.  Avoid distractions such as cell phones.
  • Don’t follow another vehicle too closely.
  • Use caution in work zones.
  • Make frequent stops. 
  • Clean the vehicle’s lights and windows to help the driver see, especially at night.
  • Turn the headlights on as dusk approaches, or during inclement weather. Don’t overdrive the headlights.

GRILLING SAFETY The Red Cross offers these tips to stay safe while cooking those tasty cookout treats:

  • Never grill indoors – not in the house, camper, tent, or any enclosed area.
  • Always supervise a barbecue grill when in use, and make sure everyone, including the pets, stays away from the grill.
  • Keep the grill out in the open, away from the house, deck, tree branches or anything that could catch fire.
  • Keep the chef safe by using the long-handled tools especially made for cooking on the grill.
  • Never add charcoal starter fluid when coals have already been ignited.
  • Be ready to close the lid and turn off the grill to cut off the fuel if necessary.
  • Keep a fireproof pan under the grill to catch any falling ash or grease.
  • Trim excess fat from meat to avoid flare-ups.
  • Wash one’s hands in hot soapy water before preparing food, after touching raw meat and after any interruptions such as using the bathroom, handling pets, stopping to do something with children.

SWIMMING SAFETY Learning to swim is one of the best steps someone can take to be safe around water. People can contact their local Red Cross chapter and learn how to swim as well as get the facts about water safety, home pool safety, first aid and CPR classes. Other swimming safety tips include:

  • Swim in designated areas supervised by lifeguards.
  • Always swim with a buddy; do not allow anyone to swim alone.
  • Have young children or inexperienced swimmers wear U.S. Coast Guard-approved life jacketsaround water, but do not rely on life jackets alone.
  • Have appropriate equipment, such as reaching or throwing equipment, a cell phone, life jackets and a first aid kit.
  • Know how and when to call 9-1-1 or the local emergency number.

POOL SAFETYIt’s important to constantly supervise children when they are near water. Never leave a young child unattended near water, and do not trust a child’s life to another child;teach children to always ask permission to go near water.Avoid distractions when supervising children around water. If a child is missing, check the water first. Seconds count in preventing death or disability.

The Red Cross and National Swimming Pool Foundation® (NSPF) have developed an online safety course for pool and hot tub owners. Home Pool Essentials helps people understand the risks of pool ownership, how to maintain a safer and cleaner pool, what safety equipment is appropriate, how to prevent pool and hot tub entrapment hazards, and how to respond to an emergency.

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