Memorial Day activities behind us, we have only to reflect back
at a beautiful day and say, “Job well done!” Special gratitude
to our Riders Chaplin Mark “Smitty” Smith for his
dedication in leading us through prayer throughout the day and
delivering the Citation for Medal of Honor Recipient Private
First Class John Doren Kelly, USMC. A big thank you to Don
Smoley, Susan Colville-Cook, Dave Masslon, Donna McCrumb, Frank
Piatek, Patty O’Toole, and Rider Brian Kohl, (who was
a last minute sub as a flag bearer), for serving as the Color
Guard. Also a special thank you to John Dillon for
taking on the role as Sergeant-at-Arms at the last minute and
quickly getting our riflemen in position for the Memorial Day
ceremonies. Our sharp shooters were Bill Figura, Dave Masslon,
Don Smoley, Frank Piatec, Lloyd Ray, Dave Harris, Lauren
Contretras, Bob Stefanic, and Brian Kohl. Thank to
Riders President Dan Oeler for helping me raise the flag
at Jefferson Cemetery and Dan also had the honor of laying the
wreath at Thomas Jefferson High School. While I laid the wreath
at Bill Green Shopping Center, Bill Allen and Tom
Bodnar had the honor to raise the flag to full staff which
they repeated at our Post. Thank you Mary Ann Marunich
for selling poppies front and center at Jefferson Cemetery’s
staging area. Also John Caligiure, humble as always,
gladly transported the flags, wreaths and rifles in his pick-up
truck. With our duties being completed, all retired to the
dining area inside the Post where Debbie Michalski
and Leigh Anne
Castanet provided us with nourishment fit
for a king.
As you can well imagine our
Riders came out in full force this Memorial Day. They were an
impressive spectacle as they entered the cemetery grounds, and
their devotion to veterans is unparalleled. Make no bones about
it, our Riders are the backbone of this Post and when called
upon, they deliver. We owe them a ton of gratitude!
thanks go to my wife Margie for coordinating the events
of the day. Without her multiple phone calls and meetings with
people to get this together, I would have been lost.
On May 20,
Larry Jageman organized an army of volunteers to place
flags on the gravesites in three cemeteries. Volunteers: Don
Rottman, Bill Allen, Tom Bodner, Ed Harmon, Margie Phillips,
Annie Jageman, Don Smoley, Susan Colville-Cook, Bill Figura,
Jerry Mays, Kathy Phillips, Ronald Gault, and Sam Brnilovich.
These men and women are to be saluted for donating their
time for the souls of days gone by who otherwise would be
forgotten. Thank you!
If the Post
grounds looks spruced up you have only to thank Larry Jageman,
Leigh Anne Castanet, Jerry Mays, and Jimmy and
Denise Christophel for their efforts. Also, a big thank
you to George’s Landscaping for the generous donation of the
mulch for our grounds.
We would like to welcome our new
Sgt-At-Arms Bill Porter. Our former Sgt-At-Arms, Bill Weikel,
had to resign for medical reasons.
We have the
kitchen open Wednesday and Saturday for members. The kitchen is
open Fridays to the public. Please review the menu and pass the
information on to your friends.
putting together a pool of interested members to volunteer to
participate as riflemen or color guard in upcoming events
involving the Post. You do not need to be a veteran to
participate, but membership at Post 712 is a must. Riflemen
will be asked to participate in 21-gun salute for the very
occasional funeral and for Memorial Day ceremonies. Color guard
members will be asked to participate for Memorial Day and
parades such as Pleasant Hills Community Day parade. Your name
and number will be added to the list of volunteers to be asked
to participate. You will not be required to participate in each
and every event. Interested candidates, please leave your name
and call back information with the Commander. Thank you.
quick note: There will be officer nominations on Monday, June 3
at 7:00 pm. at the Legion. All veterans of 712 are invited to
attend to offer their nominations.