26 May 2014 — Honoring Those Who Served


SUNDAY, JUNE 1 — 12:30pm — our next regular “Fourth Sunday” Meeting…pushed one week after the fourth Sunday in May to avoid Memorial Day Weekend — special guest speaker will be fellow Rotarian JULIE JENKINS, Rotary Club of Burbank Sunrise, to update us on the new worldwide Polio crisis (declared by the World Health Organization) and how and why we are still the key to the solution.

SATURDAY, JUNE 21 — 3:30pm and DINNER — CELEBRATION AT TLC!  We culminate our Community Grant project by enjoying the grand opening of the new library, where we have provided the shelves and the books and we will help introduce the latter to the former…after we put our gift bookplates inside each book.  IMMEDIATELY FOLLOWING, we will proceed to Marie Callendar’s in Northridge for a Rotary Year-End dinner celebrating President Sara and our team’s accomplishments.  Details and addresses to follow.

SUNDAY, JUNE 22 — 12:30pm — our FOURTH SUNDAY meeting for June, with a great speaker TBA.  Yes, we really can gather two days in a row, back to back.  We like each other.








Our Rotary Club is based in the United States, but part of an international network of women and men who share the desire to serve others. Perhaps one additional way Rotarians can bring about peace is to remember, even on the United States Memorial Day when Americans honor those who sacrificed their lives in military service to our nation, that enemies can become friends, and that the best way to honor warriors is to secure peace.

This week’s simple program was inspired by a conference call during the previous week. Our President-Elect, Linda, and Immediate Past President, Mel, participated in a conversation with representatives of other E-Clubs to share notes and successes and seek solutions to the occasional obstacle. One of the other E-Clubs is United Services Rotary, which began as an E-Club for current and past members of all branches of the United States military. But their Club leaders quickly saw the opportunity to work for peace on a grander scale and opened the Club to current and past members of any branch of any nation’s military, united in service to others through the vehicle of Rotary and without borders.

While today and this week we Americans remember Americans who served, we offer this opportunity to learn how other nations honor those who served, too. And we remember, every day, to work for peace.

(If you know of such days in other countries, please share a link in the comments.)


A note on Japan: “In Japan, August 15 is often called Shūsen-kinenbi (終戦記念日), which literally means the “memorial day for the end of the war,” but the government’s name for the day (which is not a national holiday) is Senbotsusha o tsuitō shi heiwa o kinen suru hi (戦没者を追悼し平和を祈念する日, “day for mourning of war dead and praying for peace”).”

IN THE COMMENTS, please share any relevant stories of service or remembrance, and as always if you choose not to comment please remember to indicate your attendance with a vote in the “poll.”

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7 responses to 26 May 2014 — Honoring Those Who Served

  1. Thanks, Mel. The link had an interesting section on Australian and the tradition of buglers on November 11 in the Central Business District playing Last Post. That’s a nice tradition.

  2. I have no military experience. My great-uncle Murray “Kaboe” Kaplan, however, was a POW in Europe during WW2 for a few months. My Israeli cousins all served their mandatory stints in the military there. But the most intense memories I have are of the stories of the US History teacher (and PE coach) at my grade school in the mid- to late-70s, who was a Vietnam veteran, and quite recently so. War is a good thing to avoid and prevent.

  3. My grandfather served in WW!, my father served in the Korean conflict, my late husband was a Marine in Viet Nam. I admire and respect all who have given their time, and sometime lives, to earn and preserve our freedom.

  4. Great to learn that the United Services Rotary E-Club used the internet to erase borders by inviting all nations’ military to join in good will and service for peace. How grand and innovative!

  5. My father served in WWII; a member of the Greatest Generation, he has strong memories of pride about his service, but, at 93, rarely shares them. War has an everlasting effect. Our service now must be for everlasting peace.

  6. My grandfather and his brother served in WWI. He sat on his porch one family holiday and told us about his brother who had to take a ” leak “. They told him to do it in the bunker, but he didn’t listen and as he stood next to a tree, was shot in the arm. They had to saw his arm off, and back then there was no anesthesia.
    Every time we celebrate our freedom, I think about that story…

  7. My father served stateside in WWII, as a member of the Army Air Corps, which ultimately split off as the U.S. Air Force. He was an aerial gunner on a B24, which was assigned to patrol the U.S. West Coast on the lookout for enemy submarines.

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