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Elks Celebrate Veterans Day with a BBQ for Forty-Six Veteran Members.

by: Jerrie Muir
Posted: November 12, 2018


Don Shaffer, oldest Marine at 87 at Marine cake cutting


MISSION VIEJO...On November 10, 2018, the Mission Viejo Elks Veterans Committee hosted a Veteran's Day BBQ and 99 meals were prepared and served by 16 Elks and supporters.  The menu included Bratwurst, big burgers, potato salad, green been almondine, cole slaw, chips, pecan pie, and pumpkin pie.  Sven Akesson, Tom Marquez, Lucky Walch, Lloyd Bryan, Paul Miller, and Jerrie Muir tended grill, Pam and Ed Mackey prepared Pam's famous potato salad, Carol Bryan, Monique Goetz, Margie Paul, and Sharon Howlett set-up, decorated, ran the silent auction and the 50-50, Liz Marquez and Katie Muir worked the kitchen, Leading Knight, Jamie Camunas, ran the cash register and kept the finances straight, and Doug Houston provided the music and sang great tunes!

Blankets for the Brave ready for vets at Long Beach Vets hospital/ Exalted Ruler, Mike Klinger, Vets Committee Event Organizer Sheryn Howlett, Lecturing Knight and Special Needs Outreach Organizer Lane Keran, Teacher Miss Mary from Esperanza Educational Center and Vets Chairman Jerrie Muir


Marine Corps Vet Greg Elliott


46 Elks Veterans attending


MV Elks member and Mission Viejo Mayor Pro Tem Greg Raths


During the BBQ, Exalted Ruler Mike Klinger welcomed veterans and their families, and was the de facto photographer for the event. Lane Keran, Lecturing Knight, introduced the Esperanza School Special Education Teacher, whose students made colorful blankets which will be presented to Veterans who are patients at the Veterans Administration Hospital in Long Beach.  Jerrie Muir, Chair, Veterans Committee, provided a brief history of Veterans Day, which started as Armistice Day in 1919, became an annual observance in 1926, a national holiday in 1938, and designated as Veterans Day in 1954.  The oldest and youngest Veterans in attendance were honored.



Esperanza Educational Center teacher, Miss Mary's daughters were lucky winners



Vets BBQ cooks Sven Akesson and Lucky Walsh




MV Elks Scouting Chairman and Veteran, Thom Spratt, delivers inspiring Marine 243rd birthday message


Near the end of the BBQ, a Marine Corps Birthday Cake Ceremony was held, led by former Marine, Elk, and current Laguna Beach Police Officer Thom Spratt.  Members of the "Jarhead Jamboree" celebrated the 243rd birthday of the United States Marine Corps, along with the Elks, and the oldest and youngest Marines, 87 and 45 years of age, respectively, were honored.  Semper Fidelis! Photos:MVSVElks


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