Elks #6 Members & Marine Detachment 023 Collect Flip Flops and Back Scratchers For Local Veterans 2017
Left to Right Back: ER Dave Osaki, Gerald DeCerlo, Victor Martinez, Rod Mackenzie, Eric Beitze.
Front Row Joe Guevara and Commandant Tamara Wilson.
Partnering with the Northern California VA Health Care System Sacramento Elks #6 has collected flip flops and back scratchers for our local Veterans, our Heroes, being seen at Mather Medical Center. Sacramento Marine Corps League Detachment 023 brought in their donations to the project helping our lodge collect 86 pairs of flip flops, 70 back scratchers and $423.00 cash, as of August 2017. Your donations, of Flip Flops and Back Scratchers are greatly appreciated and may be brought to the Lodge Office and placed in the barrel. If you prefer to make a cash donation for the purchase of these items please drop your donation off at the Lodge Office.
North Coast Honor Flight 2015
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 on 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 Personnel 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.