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2009 EVENTS

PEARL HARBOR DAY

Pearl Harbor Day - Monday 12/7/2009 at 1:30 pm at the Island Club "Walk of Honor" featured the Lexington Veterans Color/Honor Guard & Silent Rifle Drill Team;  Alex Alexandro singing     "I Believe" and "God Bless America"; and Main Speaker Ed Unser, Korea & Vietnam Air Force Veteran awarded the Silver Star, 2 Distinguished Flying Crosses, 2 Bronze Stars, the Purple Heart and Air Medal with 17 clusters and an historian and writer for the News-Press, talked of his experiences as a pilot in Vietnam and tied Pearl Harbor into the discussion and the Lone Piper, George Cook played "Scotland, the Brave" for the march in and out and "Amazing Grace".  Cookies and soft drinks followed at the Social Center of the Island Club. (Photos by Howard Miller & Ned Shepard)

 

Main Speaker Ed Unser, Commander Ruff & two Marines from Recruiting Station   Piping in the Honor Guard At Present Arms during National Anthem

 

Piper George Cook playing "Amazing Grace"   Saluting the flag as it is brought to half staff Audience

 

Commander Ruff giving opening remarks   Silent Rifle Drill Team lead by James Antonic Alex singing "I Believe"

 

Main Speaker Ed Unser   Flag a t half staff Chaplain Paul Tenenbaum delivers Prayer

 

 

Woman helping her WWII Veteran to a seat   Unser speaking  

VETERANS DAY

The weather cooperated to give us an inspiring Veterans Day Ceremony - Thursday 11/11/2009 at  the Flagpole in front of the Main Clubhouse featuring the Lexington Veterans Color/Honor Guard; The nationally acclaimed Fort Myers High School "Green Wave" Drum Line;  Members of the Cape Coral Elementary School Choir;  Main speaker Capt John "Giddyup" Bunch, Marine Corps Veteran of Vietnam and founder of the "Operation Open Arms".  ( Photos by Howard Miller, Ned Shepard & Dave Capel)

LVA Color/Honor Guard Commander Ruff and Sgt. Ben Polk flanking Marine Corps Sgt Joan Wallace The Fort Myers High School "Green Wave" Drum Line

Cape Coral Choir Director Dorothy Graham & four of her students singing the National Anthem LVA presents a check to Operation Open Arms for $500 Past National Commander Combat Infantrymen Association Jack Wagner with Commander Ruff & Honor Guard Captain Rich Hill

LVA Color/Honor Guard National Anthem

  The Pledge of Allegiance Chaplain Paul Tenenbaum giving prayer

Commander Ruff's Opening Remarks Flagmen Ratliff and Kuznicki Rifle Inspection led by Sgt Polk and Honor Guard Captain Rich Hill

Close Arms Inspection LCA President and Marine Corps Veteran  Lou DeAngelis Cape Coral Elementary Singer Carlos Torres sings "We Honor Those Who Served"

USMC Sgt Ben Polk Introducing Main Speaker Main Speaker Captain John "Giddyup" Bunch - Operation Open Arms & USMC Vietnam Veteran The "Missing Man" Table -  a display at every ceremony

Green Wave Drum Line Performing Cape Coral Elementary Soloist Patricia Barrios singing " We Are Proud Of Our Veterans" Sister and Brother Duo Kimberly & Tim Brett performing

LVA Rifle Drill Team Retiring the Colors Kids from a nearby church attended the ceremony

Commander Ruff & Past Commander Hill posing with Military personnel LVA Honor Guard with speakers and military personnel Captain "Giddyup" posing with Military personnel

 

MEMORIAL DAY

The Memorial Day Ceremony was held at the Main Clubhouse on Monday, May 25, 2009 at 10:30am . Many, many people have told us that this was clearly the best ever Memorial Day Ceremony.  Lexington experienced a huge crowd both outside under the canopy and inside for the luncheon.  We had 163 people for lunch (a record for us) and around 400 people in attendance at the outside ceremony. The day featured the Veterans Color/Honor Guard and the Lee County Pipes & Drums plus special music, featuring three singers, Julia Kaye, 12 year old granddaughter of Howard & Fran Miller, who opened with the Star Spangled Banner and singer Michael Hurley, grandson of Rich & Monica Hill, sang two songs, "After You Go", a tribute to all veterans and "To Where You Are" at the outside ceremony.  Michael has appeared at Lexington a couple of times in the past.  Lexington's own Alex Alexandro again orchestrated the music program and sang "God Bless the USA".  56 deceased Lexington Veterans were honored in a Flanders Field ceremony.  The main speaker Jack Wagner, Purple Heart Vietnam Veteran and Past National Commander of the Combat Infantrymen Association and one of the key veterans on the Pride & Patriotism Event Committee in Lee County paid tribute to all veterans.  We also heard from the 2009 Edison State College essay winner of "Freedom Is Not Free", Chanae Jamison, who received a $500 scholarship from the LVA and LCA President Lou DeAngelis, a Marine Corps veteran and LCA GM Al Kinkle.  Luncheon followed, with special guest singer Michael Hurley who unveiled his new video for the LVA, along with recognition of departing Honor Guard member Frank Burlingham and his wife Lois and the first ever award of "Distinguished LVA Member" to Yong Chol Ahn, deceased, accepted by his widow, Eleonore Ahn. This entire day was led by our Commander Ron Ruff.  (Photos by Howard Miller & Dave Capel)
 

LVA Color/Honor Guard Commander Ron Ruff saluting as the American Flag passes by 12 year old Julia Kaye singing the National Anthem

Color/Honor Guard at Parade Rest Michael Hurley sings "After You Go" in honor of veterans Navy & Marine Recruiters place Memorial Wreath

Flag Detail executes the famous 12 folds Chanae Jamison recites her "Freedom Is Not Free" winning Essay Edison State College student Ms Jamison receiving $500 scholarship

Lee County Pipes & Drums ready to march in Twice wounded Vietnam Veteran Jack Wagner - Main Speaker-Past National Commander of the Combat Infantryman Association LCA President & Marine Corps Veteran Lou DeAngelis delivers a few words

Wagner receives first ever LVA "Honorary Membership" from Commander Ruff Alex sings "God Bless the USA" honoring Vietnam Vets LVA's Flanders Field houses 56 crosses & Stars of David & Memorial Wreath

HG Captain Rich Hill inspects Rifleman Antonic's piece Flagmen Frank Burlingham & Ken Taylor Largest crowd ever pay tribute to veterans who gave the ultimate sacrifice

Wagner's three buddies who are members of the Combat Infantryman Association Another CBI Veteran Another view of the large crowd that extended well beyond the sun shade

VETERANS SOCIAL OUTING

For the second year in a row the LVA held a fun, season ending Social Outing at the Island Club on Friday evening, April 17, 2009.  Headlining the fun evening was our Music Man Alex Alexandro who did everything from sing to DJ to feeding the Karaoke frenzy.  Plenty of beer and a lush potluck dinner fed by a weather perfect evening.

Alex the singer, DJ and Karaoke Director The Polk's and the Passini's The Ratliff's & the Burlingham's plus 1/2 of Ben

Look at the smiles on Brownie & Marilyn's faces...come on Ron Jay and Shay Burgess The Klein's licking their chops

Monica and Bernie talking with Rosemary and Shirley Eleonore and

The two Army brats - James & George Commander with the Gunderson's The Kleinsmith's

Navy vs Army...what a sound! These guys dominated the scene Rich & Monica singing up a storm...or was that a hurricane?

Antonic and Hyers having a serious? conversation The Ratliff's The Gass' & the Kaleel's

Commander Ron & the Music Director The Hyers The Miller's

 

VETERANS BALL

Saturday evening February 28, 2009 at 6:00 pm was the kickoff of the Lexington Veterans Annual Ball in the Vista Room.   As you parked in the parking and got out of your cars you heard the eerie sounds of the Piper and you knew you were in the right place. Check in and cocktails and some yummy appetizers and then at 6:45pm came those eerie sounds of Piper George Cook as led the Veteran Officers and current Military in a march in.   The Pledge of Allegiance, a prayer and  the Armed Forces Medley plus a few words from Commander Ruff before dinner.  Double Dare took over for some dinner music before the dance scene began after dinner.  As before in past years, it again was a gala affair.  Conducted by Vice Commander Paul Tenenbaum the big raffle drawing occurred for the $1000, $750 and $500 saving bonds.  The $1000 winner was none other then Coast Guard Veteran Ned Sheppard who graciously gave his earnings back to the fund raising drive for the TBI Medical Center in Bethesda, Maryland.  Second place winner was Robert Pawlecki and third place was John Minkiewcz.  (Photos by Ned Sheppard and Howard Miller)

 

 

 

Lexington Veterans Officers

Our three current Military Guests - Navy Coast Guard & Marine Corps

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Coast Guard Petty Officer Townsend and fiance' Brandy

Table 1 - Looks pretty swabby - as in sailor - to me

 

Table 2- Semper Fi and I recognize one Army Combat Infantry Badge recipient and the parents of another.

Ned and Donna Sheppard dancing up a storm

 

Table 3 - There's Jake

 

Commander Ruff looking as HG Captain Rich Hill pins the Honor Guard medal on Peter Prichard OBE

Table 4 - All looking at table blank...what's going on?

Table 5 -  All smile now!

Mary and George Schippereit enjoying the dessert

1st Lt. Jim Brookover's parents - Wendy and Jim Brookover.  1st Lt. Brookover is the Platoon Leader in Iraq that is our Adopted Platoon for quarterly packages.

Chef Paul and his good looking and great tasting dessert

Look out Petty Officer Townsend

     
Bernie, Mike and George.  What are you guys up to? Danielle, Eleonore, Ned & Donna, Mary & George Dave & Diana, Stan & Floramae, Lois, Betty, Monica & Rich
Navy Chief Daryl Jenkins  & wife Victoria Marine Corps Staff Sgt Campbell and wife Joy Coast Guard Petty Officer Ben Townsley & fiance' Brandy
Vice Commander Howard Miller and wife Fran Marilyn Tenenbaum with the young-uns Barbara & Bruce Swanson
Mike Muth & Ellin Martins Joanne & John Nappi The March In with Piper George Cook
A salty old Marine Mr. Ben and a young Marine Staff Sgt Campbell  & their lovely wives - Millie & Joy Ron and Helen dancing up a storm All Navy personnel on deck
Two old Ohio buddies - Mac and Phil Jake Kaleel and wife Marilyn Poor Al - nobody will talk with him
OK George - is this a second proposal to Linda? Fran & Helen - street neighbors There are those Marines again - Semper Fi
The music of Double Dare Rich Hill awarding Peter Prichard OBE the Honor Guard medal Immediate Past Commander Ken Taylor and his wife Claire
Ken's Eagle awarded for his two years as Commander The Semenek's and the Sterriker's & Where are you going, Tom?
The Kaleel's and their friends, Tom Hastings & wife Kathy; Ken Frels & wife Donna Jim & Wendy Brookover chatting with Claire Taylor Liz says to Mac - "No, don't go there!"

I think I should know these two...at least, I had better! That's right - Smile ya'll OH! OH! looks like Claire is presiding over this table