More than the fireworks, it was the thunderous cheer of Golden Knights fans that roared through the night sky over Stonewater Park, as thousands of Southern Highlands residents gathered for the community’s 16th annual Memorial Day celebration—which coincided with Game 1 of the Stanley Cup play-offs and the Knights’ victory over the Washington Capitals.

“Of course, giant TV screens were a must-have for this year’s event,” said Garry Goett, chairman/CEO of Olympia Companies and founder of the Southern Highlands Charitable Foundation. “What better way to celebrate Memorial Day than by joining together with family, friends, and neighbors to cheer on the Golden Knights, who have been such a tremendous source of pride for our community and an inspiration for our country.”

Hosted by the Southern Highlands Community Association, the annual Memorial Day event is a perennial favorite among residents to commemorate the holiday and pay homage to the brave men and women of the U.S. Armed Forces. Family-friendly activities include games, bounce houses, water slides, live entertainment, raffles and a fabulous fireworks extravaganza.

The event also serves as a significant fundraiser for Nellis and Creech Air Force Base’s Operation Warm Heart, which provides financial assistance to local airmen and their families. Though the Memorial Day Celebration is free to attend, all funds collected from food and beverage sales go directly to support the local non-profit organization.

To date, Southern Highlands residents have raised approximately $180,000 in donations for Operation Warm Heart through its annual Memorial Day Celebration and other efforts and events throughout the year.