The Veterans Day Dinner was again a success this year. The lodge was beautifully decorated with over 100 state and military flags. We had over 60 veterans and 38 active duty military service members.
All the veterans and military were introduced and presented a thank you letters. Senior officer in attendance included Captain Nathan Moore, the Chief of Staff for Coast Pacific Area Command Guard, Captain James Passarelli the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Waesche, Captain Craig Wieschhorster the Commanding Officer of the Coast Guard Cutter Stratton, Colonel Ellis of the 75th Army Training Command, and Lieutenant Colonel Blaine Hall the Commanding Officer of Camp Parks. We had five mothers from the Alameda, Piedmont and Oakland Chapter of the Blue Star Moms who have children who are on active duty. We were honored to have Mayor Trish Spencer and Council Member Marilyn Ashcraft attend.
In addition, we had a follow up visit by Iraq war veteran Corporal Jordan Borer who was seriously injured in a head on automobile crash last year. The police officers on the scene did not know how he survived the accident. The Lodge contributed to his medical fund from the veterans fund so he could support his family while he was hospitalized and underwent physical therapy. He made a miracle recovery and now is working full time. His wife, Susan who is an elementary school teacher, brought thank you letters for each one of our active duty guests that were written by the children in her school.
Our guest speaker was Captain Nathan Moore the Chief of Staff for the Coast Guard Pacific Area Command which is responsible for all Coast Guard Operations from the Rocky Mountains to the East Coast of Africa and from the Arctic to the Antarctic. Captain Moore gave a very informative presentation about the overall unique capabilities of the Coast Guard as part of a navy force, intelligence gathering, drug interdiction, ice breaking and establishing a presence in the Arctic and Antarctic, protecting against oil spills, enforcement of environmental sensitive areas, protection of fishing areas, and its local water rescue capabilities. However, what was really special about having Captain Moore is that we have gotten to know him the past three years when he was the Commanding Officer of the Stratton receiving our care packages, attending facility breakfasts with his crew, coming to our Memorial Day luncheon with his family. We congratulate Captain Moore on his selection for promotion to Admiral. Making admiral is quite an achievement because the Coast Guard is so small and there so few admiral positions available.
Due to the generosity of the members who purchased extra tickets and donated them to host our active military guests, we were able to provide dinner and drinks for all our guests without going into the budget. This means we will have more money for the package program and to support other veterans programs. We would like to thank the following who donated tickets: Howard Ashcraft, Gary Blank, Norma Jean Cary, Bill Darling, Deanie Donato, Tom Farris, Ted Hommert, Jim Kaczkowski, Cary Litchford, Patty McCall, Madlyn Murphy, Bev and Roy Nason, James and Cathleen Myers, Nick Pereira, Debbie Peretto, Jimmy Thompson, Sharon Young and Kathleen Winters .
Thank you to Gary Randle and Rich Ghera for all the flags that decorated the lodge room, Pete Fox, for helping hang the flags, Cathy Boggs for the poster and programs, Roy and Diane Stout for doing the seating arrangements, John Lathbury for printing the name tags, Barbara Rosenberg and Debbie Peretto for organizing and handing out the name tags, Cary Litchford for the piano music, Heater Watson singing the national anthem, Gene Maurice taps and Jim March Bag Pipes for playing amazing grace, Bev Maccario for saying the open and closing prayers, Deanie Donato and Myrna Cooper for the admin assistance, Tom Farris for the video support, Greg Carlson setting up the Microphones, Chris Cormier for handling the raffle, Bill Lawrence for the facilities set up, Cece Pereira and Bruce Hanley, for proof reading and doing the decorations and table setting with Sharon Young, Jan Curtis, Trudy LaFlamme, Gary Blank, Bill Darling, Debbie Peretto, and Karen Jackson. Finally, to all the members of the Veterans Committee and all those pitched in; your work, assistance, and support was greatly appreciated. .
If you are a veteran and you were not listed in the DOINGS or the Veterans Dinner Day program, please email email@example.com or call Nick Pereira (510-522-1498) as we would like to honor all our veterans during future Veterans Day and Memorial Day events.
Again, thank you for your generous support of the Veterans Day Dinner. You can see some pictures of the event in the album below. If you would like to view and maybe purchase photographs, please visit the web site of our event photographer, Clayton Mitchell at the following link.
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