So long as there are Veterans, Elks will never forget!
North Coast Honor Flight 2015 Includes Life Members Tony Muljat and Clarence Facha:
For years, many local war veterans never had the chance to visit the memorials created to honor them in Washington D.C. However, with the help of the North Coast Honor Flight, that changed.
Started in 2005, Honor Flight is now nationwide. "This gives these folks a chance to be visible again, to be validated as real whole human beings, that have had a big history," said Steven Justus, North Coast Honor Flight Co-Chairman.
This year’s group is headed to Sacramento Thursday, June 4th to board the honor flight. Veterans will fly into the Washington Dulles Airport, travel on a tour bus and return on Sunday.
Tony Muljat 71 year member (right):
Tony, just before his 20th birthday entered into the Army Air Corps where he served for 3 years. He served as Chief Clerk in France, Germany and England. Tony was in charge of Personal Section of the 19th Tactical Air Command Headquarters. Being in a tactical unit Tony had more officers than enlisted personnel, because of Tony’s top secret clearance Tony was often restricted to base due to his knowledge of battle plans and other top secret information. At one point Tony was responsible for the Battle Plans of the Invasion of Normandy.
Clarence Facha 54 year member (left):
Just out of high school, Clarence joined the Marines. Although he had a "farm deferment," his friends had joined, so he went. As part of the first wave of Marines on Saipan Island on June 15, 1944, he went in with amphibious tanks after the initial bombardment. His battalion was on the extreme left flank which, because of its exposure, suffered the worst of the counterattack. His battalion received a Presidential citation for their heroic efforts. Nine months later, on February 23, 1945, Clarence witnessed the flag raising on Iwo Jima and his battalion was awarded their second Presidential citation.
Patriot Guard Riders to assist and 'Stand a Flag Line' for the Honor Flight:
The Patriot Guard Riders were asked to assist and 'Stand a Flag Line' Friday morning for the 52 WWII, Korea, and Vietnam Veterans boarding Southwest Airlines Honor Flight bound from Sacramento to Washington, D.C. (Standing a Flag Line is a tribute to Veterans and is also stood at Memorial Services, and burials). Patriot Guard Riders participation must always be requested for an event and is never initiated by Patriot Guard Riders.
Honor Flights such as this one, are organized nationally each year. In past years, the program was only for WWII Veterans, but because their ranks are decreasing rapidly, this year was expanded to include other conflicts.
Sunday afternoon, June 7th, the honorees will return to Sacramento, and will be greeted by a Patriot Guard Riders Welcome Home Flag Line. More detailed info about PGR's history may be found @ www.patriotguard.org .
Remember The Wounded Ride 2012:
ELK, Scot King, a former Corporal of the United States Marine Corps and member of Portland Lodge # 241, was welcomed September 12th by ELKS of Lodge #6 and members of Marine Corps League Detachment 023. His mission purpose is raising awareness and funds for REMEMBER THE WOUNDED RIDE, INC. which assists combat wounded veterans and their families. Donations from the Lodge's Veterans Fund and generous members totaled $2,000.00. While visiting the State Capitol building and grounds, Scot was presented with a California State Flag by members of the California Department of Veterans Affairs. Upon his return home to Portland at the end of September, he will have gathered flags from the 48 continental states. In 2013, a ceremony is planned in Portland during which all 48 flags will fly. Learn more about his 2 year journey riding his bicycle more than 14,000 miles across our Nation, by visiting www.rtwr.org While there, you may donate on-line to this worthy project.
Pictured left to right:
Wayne Bellows, Lodge Veterans Service Chairman
Detachment Commandant Bob Edwards
Exalted Ruler Darnell Lawrence presenting a check to Scot King and Joseph Guevara.
Memorial Day Observance 2011:
A Memorial Day Ceremony at Sacramento ELKS Lodge #6 recognized and honored all Veterans and paid special tribute to those classified as Prisoners of War and Missing in Action [POW / MIA]. Performance of the Ritual was a collaborative effort by members of SMCL Det 023, Young Marines Det 023 and Folsom MCL Det 940. YM's, LCpl Chavez led attendees in reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and MSGT Alexander concluded the program with TAPS.
Pictured left to right:
YM MSGT Alexander SYM Det #023
E.R. Lona Taggart
CPL Tseng / USMC Reserve / MTM CO. 4TH MIT BN 4TH MLG
Senior Vice Commandant SMCL Det #023
YM CPL Eastham SYM Det #023
YM PFC Wardell [little guy] SYM Det #023
XO Nelson SYM Det #023
RECRUIT Wardell [Danielle]
Sacramento Marine Corps League Detachment #023:
Elks Lodge No. 6 officers welcome Sacramento Marine Corps League Detachment #023 aboard their new "barracks" where monthly meetings will be held. The Sacramento Marine Corps League Detachment #023 has a new home, or "barracks" at Elks Lodge No. 6 in the Pocket area. Their Meetings are held on the 4th Thursday of the month at 7:00 pm.
Pictured with the veterans are, left to right:
PSP John Carvalho
NCD Veteran's Service Committee Chair Jim Wash
DDGER Jerry Landreth Brusato
ER Lona Taggart
PER Ron Brusato
Commandant James Mead
Sr. Vice Commandant Bob Edwards and
Pistol Team Coach Bob Huddleston.
Sacramento Six Flag Dedication 2009:
Sacramento Elks Lodge No. 6 officially dedicated their new Elks 6 flag in a special Flag pole and Blue Star and Gold Star Memorial Garden ceremony on Sunday, March 1, 2009, with Louis J. Grillo, Past Grand Exalted Ruler, as guest speaker. He told the Sacramento Elks "...Your Lodge can truly be proud of its Memorial Garden and new Elks No. 6 Flag. It is a constant reminder of the dedication that the Elks of Sacramento No. 6 Lodge have to our order and to the men and women that serve in the Armed Forces."
Pictured: Exalted Ruler Richard Cherry and 2009 - 2010 Officers.