Southern Highlands came alive on Memorial Day as over 3,500 residents, family, and friends united for the 21st annual Memorial Day Celebration at Olympia Sports Park. This popular event delivered a day of delectable food, dazzling fireworks, and abundant family fun.
Under sunny skies, attendees reveled in an array of exciting activities, music, and entertainment throughout the day. Laughter filled the air as families indulged in great food, participated in games, enjoyed live performances, and eagerly awaited the breathtaking fireworks finale.
Presented by the Olympia Companies Charitable Foundation and the Southern Highlands Community Association, the event holds a special place in the hearts of residents. It serves as a treasured opportunity to honor the courageous men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces who made the ultimate sacrifice. This year, the celebration also raised funds for Operation Warm Heart, a remarkable non-profit organization dedicated to supporting local airmen and their families at Creech and Nellis Air Force Base.
Adding to the patriotic spirit, the event featured the third annual talent search for a national anthem singer. Local talent Sally Damian emerged victorious, delivering a captivating rendition of The National Anthem while the Nellis Air Force Honor Guard presented the Colors.
Thrilling activities kept families engaged throughout the day, including Bingo, inflatable games, slides, obstacle courses, bounce houses, and more. The lively atmosphere was enhanced by an energetic DJ, while students from the Las Vegas Circus Center entertained spectators with their awe-inspiring aerial and circus acts. And to appease hungry appetites, popular food trucks such as Alpha Dawg, Flip N Grill, Taco Avenue, Flat Tops Burgers & Shakes, Joy Pop, and Happy Ending Chocoalte provided a delicious culinary experience.
As the sun dipped below the horizon, all eyes turned towards the night sky for the grand finale—a spectacular, eight-minute fireworks extravaganza. The dazzling display, synchronized to a patriotic pop playlist, filled the air with awe and wonder.
The Olympia Companies SH Charitable Foundation and Southern Highlands Community Association have long been steadfast supporters of Operation Warm Heart. Over the years, they have donated more than $315,000 to this impactful organization. In addition to the Memorial Day Celebration, the Winter Festival and Tree Lighting, as well as the Governor’s Black Tie events, have been instrumental in raising funds for this worthy cause.
Recently, the Foundation made a special visit to Nellis Air Force Base, presenting Msgt. Kaci Groff and representatives from Operation Warm Heart with a generous donation of $15,000. The contribution included proceeds from the Memorial Day Celebration as well as additional funds donated by Olympia Companies Charitable Foundation and Southern Highlands Community Association. The impressive donation further demonstrates an unwavering commitment to supporting this invaluable organization.
Event coordinator Brittany Kincaid expressed her joy, stating, “There’s no better way to celebrate Memorial Day than by joining together with family, friends, and neighbors. We are thrilled to honor the military, have fun, and support such a worthwhile organization.”
The Memorial Day Celebration at Southern Highlands continues to embody the spirit of gratitude, unity, and community, making it an annual highlight for residents and a testament to the enduring values of remembrance and support.