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Cedar, Leelanau County, Michigan (near Traverse City), United States
I am a 76 year old (born 7/4/1937) retired Public Radio Engineer from Lawrence University in Appleton, Wisconsin. Happily married to the love of my life, Teddy (nee Teddy Schlueter). Teddy is a retired Medical Records Clerk from Theda Clark Hospital in Neenah, Wisconsin. Two children, Michael and Lon. Lon passed away in 1994. Michael is married to his wonderful wife, Toni and lives in Appleton, Wisconsin. For photos click on link below or visit our photo site http://www.flickr.com/photos/igboo NOTE: Click on photos for full-size images.

Saturday, January 16, 2010

Honoring George Blake

One of the "Snowbirds" here in the park, George Blake, is one of the few remaining living survivors of the December 7, 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor. George was a 19 year old soldier in the US Army stationed in Pearl at the time.
Last evening we, the residents of the park hosted a special surprise program to honor George. We announced it as an event to honor all of the former service men here in the park so little did he know that the main focus of the evening was for him. The Lake Havasu City VFW sent a color guard and the local newspaper sent a reporter to cover the event. We presented him with a special custom made shirt, photos, flowers for his wife, Helen and showed a short video produced by Brenda Bauldic, a talented videographer here in the park. I wrote the following special poem for the occasion and read it as part of the ceremony. At the conclusion we had all of the former servicemen stand and announce their branch and dates of service. We even have one resident, now living in Canada, who served in the British Army.

The program:

Havasu Falls RV Resort, Lake Havasu City, AZ
Jan 14th, 2010

6:30 PM Honor Guard…….………....Don Dingman
Invocation & Pledge……….……........Carol Dingman
Introduction of George Blake.….…..Pat Schumacher
Presentation of Gifts to George Blake
Presentation of Flowers to Helen Blake
Poem: "Out of the West They Came"…....…Larry Page
Video Presentation………………........Brenda Bauldic
Retire Colors
Conclusion………...…Recognition of past servicemen

Following the retiring of the colors we had a social hour with cake and ice-cream.


Chuck and Anneke's RV travels said...

Wonderful! Less we forget.

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