Congratulations United States Marine Corps on celebrating its 235th birthday, on Nov 10.
The Lakeview Restaurant in Cherokee Village, was the site where local Marines and other service vets came together to celebrate the occasion.
Chris Whelan planned the event this year, which, hopefully, will become an annual celebration and will grow in size. It was advertised on the sign in the Village Center and Pete Demma had radio announcements placed to publicize the event. Most of the Marines present, served in the infantry, however, there were a few from the mortar division, the motor pool and other supportive services. The Maine servicemen present ranged from World War II through the Vietnam War. Many stories were shared by all the men.
As a tradition, the youngest Marine cut the first piece of cake and presented it to the oldest Marine and then, in turn, the oldest Marine cut the next piece and gave it to the youngest.
Ewert Larson, who served in the Army, took the pictures of the Marine celebration. Pat Krause and his family, who owned and operated a local locksmith business, were present and picked up the bill for all the Marines and veterans as a way of thanking them for their years of service. They went around and personally thanked each service man.
A good time was enjoyed by all. Names and addresses are being shared among the men and future meetings planned. Those Marines present were Jerry W. Martin, Orville F. Scott, Pete Demma, Pet Everett, Dan Chester, Bob Kegerize, Chris Whelan, Leonard Oretego, Eddie J. James, Pete Oberding and Rich Breitenfeld.