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Friday time to honor veterans everywhere

Scene to be seen column
By: Kathy Dorsey and Jeeves
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True colors ... On Friday, Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3010, American Legion Post 264, Semper Fi, Scout Troop 160 and Scout Pack 160 will hold a ceremony to honor Lincoln’s veterans. VFW Commander Kent Parsell reports that this year’s ceremony will pay special tribute to women who have served in our Armed Forces. The ceremony will start at 11:11 a.m. in front of Veteran’s Memorial Hall, 541 Fifth St., in downtown Lincoln and include a 21-gun salute. Vocalist Susan Joyce will sing our national anthem, “Star Sprangled Banner,” and “God Bless America.” Brandon Cuenca will play “Taps.” For more information, call Parsell at 434-6648. Campaign stops ... U.S. Marine Corp. Reserves has kicked off this year’s Toys for Tots campaign. Now in its 64th year, Toys for Tots is an all volunteer organization that collects toys to give to needy children at Christmas. This year, the need is even greater than last year for new and unwrapped children’s toys. Lincoln has more than 40 drop-off boxes located throughout the city, including First Bank at 109 Ferrari Ranch Road; Gold’s Gym at 2800 Nicolaus Road; Placer West Insurance Services at 595 McBean Park Drive; Denzler Family Dentistry at 588 First St.; Coldwell Banker at 1500 Del Webb Blvd. and Lincoln City Barber Shop at 670 Fifth St. To learn more about Toys for Tots, contact Harry Maker (408-3797) at harrymarker@sbcglobal.net or Frank Neves (408-7205) at franknevesjr@wavecable.com. Sashes ... Mrs. Placer County of America Lahona Caudill, who helped kick-off Toys for Tots campaign this year, is also busy preparing for the Mrs. California Pageant. Lahonna will travel from her home in Roseville to Redondo Beach from March 2 through 4 where she will compete for the California title and the sash that goes with it. The winner of the Mrs. California of America title will go on to compete in the Mrs. America contest. Stars ... Tickets are on sale for Lincoln Hills Players Group production of “Christmas Belles.” Tickets are still available for the 2 and 7 p.m. performances on Thursday, Nov. 17 and Saturday, Nov. 19 in the Ballroom at Orchard Creek Lodge, 965 Orchard Creek Lane. Friday’s performance has already sold out. Elly Award-winner Diane Bartlett directs. “Christmas Belles” features Judith Jesness, Karen Ulijohn, Barbara Swerdlow, Steve Garavito, Peggy Schechter, Ken Reiss, Ginny Sutherland, Pat Shafer, Bob Murdock, Bob Dale and Jeri Ferris. Call 625-4000 for tickets. Visit lincolnhillsplayers.com for more information. Remember ... Don’t forget Sun City Lincoln Hills’ two-day Holiday Arts & Crafts Fair and Bake Sale in Orchard Creek Lodge, 965 Orchard Creek Lane. The fair gets underway from 5 to 8 p.m. this Friday and continues from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the bake sale will be donated to Lincoln charities and nonprofit groups. All are welcome. Admission is free. More than 100 vendors will feature a wide variety of arts and crafts, including ceramics, hand-painted gourds, children’s books, jewelry, wood turnings, stained glass, metal sculptures, wreaths, dolls, bird houses, trivets and much, much more. For more information, call Marilyn Anhalt at 408-8196. Tour dates ... Six Lincoln artists will have open studios as part of the Placer Arts Autumn Studio Tour, which starts this Friday and runs through Sunday. From Colfax to Lincoln, more than 60 Placer County artists will show their works in home studios. Margot Comer (oil) and Diane Pargament (watercolor) will show at Margot’s studio in Hawk’s Landing. Joyce Bisbee (oil), Jim Brunk (oil), Neal Devore (woodturning) and Judith Huth (computer images) will show from their studios in Lincoln Hills. Three-day tickets are $10 per person and include maps with directions to studio. Tickets may be purchased at Lincoln Arts and Culture Foundation (645-9713), 580 Sixth St. or online through placerarts.org. The tour represents an opportunity to see Lincoln artists as part of an exciting art tour full of demonstrations, information, snacks and a chance to own some wonderful art. Ticket sales benefit Placer Arts, which is a nonprofit, public agency. Just in from Jeeves ... Lest we forget. Nov. 11 is a special day. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. Veterans Day is also known as Armistice Day and Remembrance Day. Armistice Day commemorates the 1918 Armistice between the Allies of World War I and Germany. Lest we forget. At the 11th hour on the 11th day of the 11th month, many throughout the world will stop whatever they’re doing to pay tribute to more than 60 million people who died in that war and the wars that followed. Lincoln is no exception. On Friday, in front of Veterans Memorial Hall, 541 Fifth St., a ceremony will honor Lincoln’s veterans, starting at 11:11 a.m. Lest we forget. Jeeves will also pay tribute. Like others, he will stop whatever he’s doing to remember more than 840,000 casualties from the Battle at Passchendaele. Many, who were not killed in battle, drowned in 10-plus feet of mud. Some are just now rising to the surface. Like others, Jeeves will remember the 10,000 casualties of chlorine gas from the second battle at Ypres. Like others, he will remember more than 1,200,000 casualties from the Battle of the Somme. We are reminded of the severity of the Battle of the Somme by machine gunner George Coppard, who kept a diary and wrote: “Hundreds of dead were strung out like wreckage washed up to a high water-mark. Quite as many died on the enemy wire as on the ground, like fish caught in the net. They hung there in grotesque postures. Some looked as if they were praying; they had died on their knees and the wire had prevented their fall. Machine gun fire had done its terrible work.” Lest we forget. Like others, Jeeves will remember more than 37 million casualties of World War 1 from all battles during the four years between 1914 and 1918. And, like others, Jeeves will remember to honor more than 8.5 million of those who sacrificed their lives in what, ironically, we refer to as the “war to end all wars.” Lest we forget. Then, like others, he will remember more than 5,930,000 casualties from World War II, of which 1,076,245 were American wounded. And, like others, Jeeves will remember that more than 405,000 Americans made the ultimate sacrifice during this war. Lest we forget. Like others, Jeeves will remember more than 392,000 casualties from the Korean War, of which Americans accounted for more than 133,000 wounded. He will also remember that 36,516 Americans lost their lives. Lest we forget. Like others, Jeeves will remember more than 211,000 American wounded from the Viet Nam War and the 58,272 Americans killed in action. Lest we forget. Like others, Jeeves will remember the 1,231 Americans wounded in the first Gulf War and the 258 Americans who died. Lest we forget. Like others, Jeeves will remember more than 46,957 coalition casualties from the War on Terror and 7,578 coalition troops who have lost their lives, as of Nov. 6, 2011. Lest we forget. Like others, Jeeves will take time out to give thanks for all the extraordinary men and women who have served and continue to serve in military forces in this country and in allied countries throughout the world. Nov. 11 is a special day. Nov. 11 is Veterans Day. Lest we forget. If you have upcoming events that you wish to appear in Scene to be Seen, please call Kathy Dorsey at 645-0660 or e-mail JustInFromJeeves@gmail.com. This column may or may not necessarily express the opinions of The Lincoln News Messenger.