Monday, February 15, 2016

USS Juneau: The Finale

When Lion Donna Hurley started this journey many years ago.... this journey being the USS Juneau.... I suspect she didn't have any idea where it was going to take her.... This project was like a starfish with so many different legs.  It just kept growing.

First there was the USS Juneau Remembrance Ceremony in November.  It was a blustery day when we gave respect to the USS Juneau on the docks of Juneau.  LCDR Richard Halbig was there and you can read his memory of the day the USS Juneau was torpedoed and sunk HERE.

The Empire wrote the first article, USS Juneau Returns Home.  From there, the story has gone global. Google USS Juneau and see what you find.

We started advertising the Unveiling Ceremony on February 8.

Captain Eugene Bailey and his wife, Juanita, arrived in town on February 11 to join in the festivities. Captain Bailey was Captain of the third USS Juneau in 1986 .  He was in Juneau in 1987 when the USS Juneau Memorial was dedicated.

Then there was the social at the Buoy Deck for active military and veterans.  We were honored to have International Director Lewis Quinn in attendance where he addressed the military as did Captain Bailey.  It was a great evening of remembering and making new friends.

Then the Unveiling of the Presentation Silver.  First was a private reception for legislators, city assembly, and other dignitaries.  Parents brought their children as this was a piece of history.  Representative Gruenberg talked about his involvement in 1987 when we had the first USS Juneau Memorial service.  More memories.  More remembering that awful day on November 13, 1942.

And, last, but I suspect not least, was the reception we held for the public on Valentines Day, February 14.

The Story has been told.  The Presentation Silver has been shown.  Juneau has a big piece of its history back home.  #Lions100 Legacy Project

We Serve!
Lion Nancy Norton

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