MEMORIAL DAY EVENT
SUNDAY MAY 28, 2012
“2012 THE YEAR TO RECOGNIZE OUR 616 ELK VETERANS”
Thank you to all who attended this past Memorial Day program at the Lodge. This was our kick-off program for our “PATRIOTIC SEASON’. The program began @ 2:00 pm. Programs of the event were presented to all in attendance. The swimming pool was cleared and all guests were given a small American flag. The Board of Directors in Lodge Aloha Shirts wheeled the Garrison Flag out to the flagpole. They were led by the Exalted Ruler, Robert Kekuna Jr. carrying a red, white and blue wreath for our memorial.
The flag was raised in all its glory by Club Manager George Moniz, assisted by several Lodge Veterans as Tahiti Rey, daughter of Loyal Knight Augie Rey Fernandez, sang the Star Spangled Banner. All guests and members around the pool and in the club stood and saluted the flag. Augie then introduced the Exalted Ruler Robert Kekuna Jr. who laid the wreath on the Memorial and gave a short speech of remembrance to our veterans who gave their lives for this country. Our Lodge Chaplain Delorese Gregoire gave a meaningful prayer of thanks. Augie Rey then led the audience in singing God Bless America. The club served chilled watermelon slices to everyone.
Our keynote speaker was State Senator Brickwood Galuteria who presented our lodge with a Proclamation from the State of Hawaii. Danny Kaleikini sang and the Senator joined him in song. Our members and guests were treated to a mini
A poster with several pictures showing the events of the day was placed in the lobby in the Veterans Corner. A big Mahalo to our volunteer photographers, Fred Wong & Bobbe Joy Fernandez.
The event was appreciated by all who attended and many accolades later, the pride exuded by the Veterans Committee members was a deep sense of satisfaction. The message: “Elks Care – Elks Share”
Put the 4th of July on your calendar. We will again raise the Garrison Flag and honor our veterans and the greatest country on earth. And of course, our usual Onolicious Barbeque, entertainment and lots of fun. Bring the whole family.
By: Augie Rey Fernandez, Chair Veterans Committee