Memorial Day ceremony will precede Legion picnic

American Legion Post 10, based in Escazú, will celebrate Memorial Day with its fourth annual picnic at Villa Amira in Santa Ana Monday, May 27.

Said the Legion: “The picnic is a real, old fashioned, authentic picnic just like you remember having back home. There will be grilled half pound hamburgers and extra long hot dogs, along with potato salad and chili. Of course all the toppings, along with the condiments you really like (such as Heinz ketchup, French’s mustard, Hellmann’s mayo) are included. There is a cash bar for beverages.”

The picnic follows a 10 a.m. ceremony at the Legion’s  mausoleums at the San Antonio de Escazú cemetery where departed comrades will be remembered. “We invite folks to come and honor the brave men and women who sacrificed themselves so that we could reap the rewards of democracy and freedom,” said the Legion.

The noon picnic will run to 5 p.m. regardless of weather because the Legion said that there is a covered rancho in case of rain.

The picnic admission is 7,000 colons a person, about $14, and the Legion notes that profits go to charity.

Among those are Las Damas Voluntarios of Escazú which provides scholarships for deserving qualified youngsters whose parents lacked the financial ability to equip them for school, said the Legion. These scholarships included complete uniforms including shoes, school supplies, textbooks, tutoring and use of the computer lab and library, the organization added.

The Legion also made a pledge to help fund the Cabécar tribe to bring electricity to one of its schools, it said.

More information is available at the Legion Web site.

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