Members of Honolulu Lodge #616 attended the re-dedication ceremony of the United States Marine Corp Memorial at the USS Arizona Memorial Center, World War II Valor in the Pacific, National Park Service, located at the US Naval Base Pearl Harbor, Hawaii.
The memorial honors those 73 US Marines who were killed in action on-board the USS Arizona in defense of Pearl Harbor on December 7th, 1941. Only 15 marines survived that day of battle. They still remain entombed in the ship along with other military personnel.
The memorial base was originally was created from parts of the ship’s hull and will now be prominently displayed in memorial. perpetuity.
Steel from the bridge of the USS Arizona was actually used as the rebar on the 7,000 pound concrete memorial.
The cast plaques were forged by the Bronze Memorial Co. in Chicago..
The renovation’s Senior Executive Project Manger, and Elk 616 member John Scheleski coordinated and collaborated with the various National Park Service personnel, the Marine Corp League Aloha Detachment #363 , various craftsmen to completely restore and display the memorial with honor and distinction.
Elk 616 members:
- John Scheleski
- Donna Miller,
- Annita Manning
- Ed Souza
- Phil Schmidt
- George Davis Hite
- Danny Bayne, and
- Patrick Uza
Duty, Honor & Country
Pictured: left to right
ER Andrew Watson, John Scheleski, LtGen John A. Toolan, Lodge Historian Anita Manning, Donna Miller and Ed Souza.