One of the benefits of being a member of El Dorado Hills Rotary is participating in the club’s weekly programs. We recently had excellent program — one of my favorites to date.
We were informed and entertained with stories and anecdotes from Lt. Cmdr. Ted Robinson (Ret.) about John F. Kennedy’s war years. Mr. Robinson, now 91, was involved in PT boats during World War II and was on the same patrol where Kennedy lost his boat. Robinson was also on the mission that saved Kennedy and his crew. The two most recognized pictures of Kennedy during the war, including the one with the cane, were taken by Robinson.
I appreciate, as do many veterans in our El Dorado Hills Rotary Club, the great service and sacrifices made by our veterans. Many members reflected on their own service years at this particular program. Many of the invited younger family members to this particular program received a special treat in hearing his close and personal experience with war and with someone as famous as John F. Kennedy. Having not served in the military, I could only reflect on my own family’s history. Both of my parents are Pearl Harbor survivors. My dad was an officer on the destroyer U.S.S. Worden and after the attack my mom worked for the Army in the compact information office. All I have left are his stories and the many letters from mom, dad and my grandparents. After being involved in 11 major battles, my dad was wounded in combat and sent home. To me, all of this makes the upcoming Memorial Day holiday that much more special.
Memorial Day, among others, is when we set aside time to honor those who are serving and have served our country. El Dorado Hills is currently on an ambitious project to build its own Veterans Memorial at Promontory Park. Inspired and headed up by a fellow Rotarian Robert Leon, U.S.M.C., this project has the strong support of local veterans and has received donations to help complete the project. Every community needs a memorial to remind all of us of the personal sacrifices made …sacrifices made by you, your parents, grandparents, brothers, sisters, extended family and/or friends.
I encourage you as a community member to become involved with the Veteran’s Memorial in El Dorado Hills and see the list of supporters and other founding members — Mark Foltz, Dick Grinnell and Kathy Witherow among many others. You can find information by going to edhvetsmemorial.org.
In addition, there is an annual memorial service held at the El Dorado County Veterans Memorial in Placerville which starts at 11 a.m. on Monday. May 28. Please take your family, sons and daughters or grandchildren to a Memorial Day event. I know that you will be inspired by the courage, honor and sacrifice that our current veterans are making in honoring our veterans. For more information please go to co.el-dorado.ca.us/Veterans.
Like my parents and maybe yours who made their sacrifices for us, please think of May and June as two special months … months we honor our veterans, our mothers and our fathers. With this great spring weather let’s take time out of our busy schedules to honor those who mean so much to all of us.
I welcome any ideas or questions you may have. Please send them to me via email at [email protected] and I will make sure that myself and staff takes a serious look at them.
Until next time be well and God Bless.