American Legion by Bud Sudbeck LW contributor The annual Leisure World Memorial Day observance ceremony will be held at 10 a.m., Monday, May 26, at Clubhouse 2. Doors open at 9 a.m. Cmdr. Joseph Garcia, American Legion, Department of California, will be the keynote speaker. He is the state leader of the American Legion.
All veterans, Golden Rain Foundation members and guests are invited to attend. Poppies will be provided to everyone at the door. Donations will be accepted.
The program is sponsored by American Legion Leisure World Post 327 and Auxiliary Unit 327, in cooperation with the Golden Rain Foundation and Leisure World Recreation Department.
Chanteurs, a small, classical jazz ensemble, will be making its debut performance with “You’re A Grand Old Flag,” “This Land Is Your Land” and “America the Beautiful.”
Chanteurs, has been formed to bring beautiful, classical jazz to Leisure World. The group is now in the formative stages and will present it’s debut concert in late September.
The voices are one instrument, along with piano, bass and drums. Occasionally, soloists will be performing at the concerts.
The May 26 program will begin with a concert by the LW Orchestra. Post Chaplain Phil O’Malley will give the invocation, and Cmdr. Bud Sudbeck will lead the Pledge of Allegiance. Vern Jackson will sing “The National Anthem.”
Cmdr. Sudbeck will introduce his staff and Joseph A. Garcia, department commander, The American Legion-California.
The orchestra will perform the “Armed Forces Salute,” followed by a sing-along of patriotic songs.
The roll call of members who were transferred to “Post Everlasting” this year will be conducted by Adjutant Larry Norlander with Dave Luftiz, director.
Auxiliary Chaplain Darline Brogna will give the benediction.
At the 11th hour, buglar Lee Esslinger will play “Taps” to end the program.
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The annual meeting of the members will be held Tuesday, June 10, at 2 p.m. in Clubhouse 4.
Know Your Veteran
by Jim Breen
Ninety-one-year-old Sandy Goldfarb is one of the best-kept secrets in Leisure World.
One of the most highly decorated veterans of World War II living in Leisure World, he was recognized by The American Legion 327 and restaurateur Demetrius Harakas for outstanding service to his country during four years of service (1942-1946).
Mr. Harakas, new owner of the Fantastic Cafe in Westminster, is of Greek descent, a proud American who thought of a way special way to honor Mr. Goldfarb.
Mr. Harakas personally picked up Mr. Goldfarb in his Army staff car, a refurbished 1947 Chevrolet, chauffeured him to his restaurant for lunch, then returned him home to LW.
“It’s my way of saying ‘thank you’ for serving our country,” said Mr. Harakas.
Mr. Goldfarb served the U.S.Marines from 1942-1946 and was a member of the heralded 4th Division. That was the first U.S. military fighting unit to face combat, and it came in the Marshall Islands.
The veteran also served in Maui, Saipan, the Tinan Islands and Iwo Jima. He helped secure Iwo Jima from Japanese forces while spending 35 days on the island.
He was later transferred to the Second Division as replacements at Okinawa.
After the war ended, he went on occupation duty in North China to disarm the Japanese and send them home.
During an illustrious tour of duty in the Pacific Theater, Mr. Goldfarb received five battle stars, three presidential citations, one Navy Unit commendation and a letter of recommendation from Gen. Clifton Cates of the Fourth Division.
Mr. Harakas has pictures of war generals Eisenhower and McArthur on the walls of his restaurant on Westminster at Bolsa Chica Blvd.
The decor also features jukeboxes and a glass-enclosed shrine to his uncle killed in WW II during an attack on his aircraft carrier.
The ladies of The American Legion Auxiliary Unit 327 will join Post 327 for the annual Memorial Day program May 26 in Clubhouse 2.
Before and after the program, the ladies will sell Carl’s Jr. coupon books for $5 each and patriotic scarves for $10.
There will also be ladies offering poppies after the program. Donations, in exchange for a paper poppy, will help support veterans locally.
Auxiliary members meet Wednesday at 11:30 a.m., in Clubhouse 6, to start making poppies for next year. Vets at the Long Beach Veterans Hospital make about 200,000 poppies a year.
To offer volunteer help making poppies call Jean Sudbeck at 594-0209. To help with the Carl’s Jr. coupon books, call Sandy Esslinger, 430-2891.
– Sandy Esslinger
California Retired Teachers Association
The California Retired Teachers Association (CalRTA) will meet at noon, June 6, in Clubhouse 2.
Box lunches catered by the Corner Bakery will include a sandwich, fruit cup, chips and a cookie. Additional dessert will be provided by Polly’s Pies restaurant.
Reservations (and cancellations) must be made by June 4 by calling Sue Grimsley at 431-3083.
The program will feature a slide show by William Quemada of the Galapagos Islands.
All LW residents are invited. Those who attend and join CalRTA will not be charged for lunch.
Members who bring guests who become members will also receive a free lunch.
The next lunch meeting is in October.
For more information, call Dorothy Geisler of Mutual 2 at 598-1477.
Senior Patriots for Peace
Senior Patriots for Peace will hold a peace vigil in front of the large globe outside the Leisure World Main Gate on Wednesday, May 28, from 5-6:30 p.m.
The group holds monthly vigils to call attention to the need for a return to peace with a renewed tolerance of others.
To that end, the club additionally focuses on issues of social justice and the environment to nurture a world where people can live healthy and peaceful lives for generations to come. Without justice, there can be no peace.
Everyone is invited to take a strong stand for world peace by joining the peace vigil for any block of time.
Signs will be provided, or those who come can bring their own.
For further information, call Lucille Martin at 430-1047.
Children A Priority (CAP)
Children-A-Priority (CAP) will meet on Thursday, June 5, in Clubhouse 4.
It is the long-awaited meeting with the children of Cole Academy, a public charter school with an enrollment of 339 students (kindergarten to fifth grade).
A musical program will be provided by the choir.
Interaction by the students with the people in attendance is always enjoyable for everyone. The students enjoy asking questions of their elders.
The menu will feature pizza, with sliced fresh vegetables, cold beverage and dessert for $9.
Lunch will be served at noon. Reservations are advised since it is usually a well-attended event.
For tickets, call Dona Nickles at 431-1076 by June 2.
No board meeting is scheduled this month.
– Joan Shramek