Incline veterans club to host 9/11 survivor, author
Special to the Bonanza
Attendance at the Incline Village Crystal Bay Veterans Club monthly meetings has grown to the point where the club may have to find a bigger meeting facility.
In large measure, this is the result of the club’s dynamic speakers program as well as the diversity of planned events.
The club currently meets at noon on the last Thursday of the month at IVGID’s Aspen Grove building for lunch, business and guest speakers. Recent programs included presentations on veteran’s affairs, Special Forces operations, and other topics of local and national interest.
The meetings are open to all veterans and friends of veterans. Lunch is provided, but attendees are requested to make a small donation to cover some of the expenses.
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This month’s membership meeting will be at Aspen Grove at noon on June 26. Capt. Lejon Boudreaux will speak about his experiences as a USAF PJ and his current position as an Air National Guard Combat Rescue Officer.
“PJ” is short for pararescue personnel who are one element of Air Force’s Special Operations Forces.
Next is the Fourth of July (Friday) Veterans Recognition Ceremony at Incline Beach starting at noon. Included are introductions of local veterans, and the deployment of 22 parachutists, who will jump and be recovered during four passes in front of the reviewing stand. The volunteer parachutists and aircraft are from the Lodi Parachute Center.
Two other major upcoming events are programmed: a presentation by Mr. Bert Upson on July 24 and the Veterans Ball 2014 on October 9.
Upson is a survivor of the 9/11 attack on the Twin Towers and has written a best-selling book documenting the event and his experiences. The meeting that day will be announced once a larger venue is selected.
Attendance by the entire community is encouraged — especially young people who may not know much about that terrorist event.
The “Veterans Ball 2014 – A Salute to World War II and Korean War Veterans” will take place at the Chateau on Thursday, Oct. 9, from 5-9 p.m. and will include music, videos, food and activities reminiscent of the 40s and early 50s.
Proceeds from the sale of raffle tickets for a getaway trip to San Diego (sponsored by the Hyatt Regency Lake Tahoe and Southwest Airlines and valued at $2,000) all go toward support of needy veterans and their families in the local area.
Tickets for the Ball and raffle will go on sale starting during Red, White and Tahoe Blue celebration. You will be hearing more about these two major activities in the near future.
Learn more bout the IVCB Veterans Club at inclinerecreation.com/classes_programs/IVCB_Veterans.
Steven Price is vice president of the Incline Village Crystal Bay Veterans Club.
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