The Canyon Lake Ladies of the Lake group gathered at the senior center on Oct. 19 to enjoy a potluck and prepare approximately 350 American flags that will be placed in the yards of veterans. The task included grouping the flags and adding a yellow ribbon on each one.
The flags will be placed in the yards of Canyon Lake veterans by the Veterans Day Committee members and other community volunteers beginning Nov. 4.
The list of veterans was assembled by residents submitting their information to city hall. Canyon Lake Veterans who wish to have a flag placed in their yard and their name placed on the banner that hangs in city hall should fill out the form at Pack, Wrap & Post in the Towne Center by Nov. 1.
The flags and banner are reserved for veterans who currently reside in Canyon Lake and veterans who are former residents of Canyon Lake but still have a family member who resides in Canyon Lake.
The flags were donated by residents Warren Kelsey and Jack Wamsley. Warren and Jack were among the men who helped spearhead Canyon Lake to cityhood and served on the first Canyon Lake City Council.
The Ladies of the Lake group was formed by Dianne Skidmore in 1994. Sharon Ormond, with the help of Betty Cannabina, has been running the group for the past eight years. “They’ve done a wonderful job,” said Dianne.
The group is mostly made up of senior citizens. Seven of the 20 members have been with the group since it was started. The group was originally formed as a friendship group to help each other when assistance was needed, whether it was to run errands or prepare meals. Since then, the group has expanded its activities to volunteer work. Members send care package to U.S. troops, make donations to Canyon Lake families in need, donate food to Helping People of Lake Elsinore (H.O.P.E.) and make lap robes, adult bibs and caps for senior in convalescent homes, to name a few.
The group meets on a monthly basis at the home of members or at a local restaurant.