2015 Memorial Day Picnic at the New Rotary Gazebo

Photos by John and Della Marshall

Shirley Snyder and Jim West led the crowd in singing the  songs of all branches of the armed forces. As each one came up all those who either served themselves or have or had family members who served raised their hands.

Shirley Snyder and Jim West led the crowd in singing the songs of all branches of the armed forces. As each one came up all those who either served themselves or have or had family members who served raised their hands.

 

A group of Rotarians pledge the U.S. flag at the entrance to Memorial Park while singing the National Anthem.

A group of Rotarians pledge the U.S. flag at the entrance to Memorial Park while singing the National Anthem.

 

Bill Parker told the story of WWII's first fighter ace pilot, Butch O'Hare, who heroically took on a squadron of Japanese bombers to keep them from attacking a U.S. convoy of warships. His hometown of Chicago honored his heroism by naming it's new airport O'Hare International Airport. Bill said you can find a memorial to him along with the story in the terminal. His father was known as "Easy Eddie", Al Capone's crafty lawyer. Butch's war record allowed him to go out with a good name. Butch was killed about a year later in aerial combat.

Bill Parker told the story of WWII’s first fighter ace pilot, Butch O’Hare, who heroically took on a squadron of Japanese bombers to keep them from attacking a U.S. convoy of warships. His hometown of Chicago honored his heroism by naming it’s new airport O’Hare International Airport. Bill said you can find a memorial to him along with the story in the terminal. His father was known as “Easy Eddie”, Al Capone’s crafty lawyer. Butch’s war record allowed him to go out with a good name. Butch was killed about a year later in aerial combat.

 

Blowing Rock School students came to the Memorial Day service and joined in on the songs.

Blowing Rock School students came to the Memorial Day service and joined in on the songs.

 

Barbara Parker grooms the Green Wig for the winner of the horse show derby.

Barbara Parker grooms the Green Wig for the winner of the horse show derby.

 

Orian Carter enjoys some Rotary fellowship

Orian Carter enjoys some Rotary fellowship.

 

Club President John Marshall presided over the meeting. Some members asked him what the program would be that day and he always replied "Rotary Fellowship!".

Club President John Marshall presided over the meeting. Some members asked him what the program would be that day and he always replied “Rotary Fellowship!”.

 

Bill Leahey sells a few more derby tickets before the Noon deadline.

Bill Leahey sells a few more derby tickets before the Noon deadline.

 

Della Marshall raised her hand twice. Her father, Clay, was a Marine and was wounded at Okinawa. While in an Army hospital back in the U.S. a Navy WAC nurse, Evelyn, helped him recover. They fell in love, got married and the rest is history.

Della Marshall raised her hand twice. Her father, Clay, was a Marine and was wounded at Okinawa. While in an Army hospital back in the U.S. a Navy WAV nurse, Evelyn, helped him recover. They fell in love, got married and the rest is history!

 

J.B. Lawrence picks out a pizza slice from the great buffet put on by Chase Luddeke owner of Mellow Mushroom.

J.B. Lawrence picks out a pizza slice from the great buffet put on by Chase Luddeke owner of Mellow Mushroom.

 

2015 MM Day Picnic Group

Checking out the buffet.

 

Rotarians enjoying lunch and fellowship

Rotarians enjoying lunch and fellowship.

 

Chase Luddeke, who owns and manages Mellow Mushroom in Blowing Rock serves up pizza and appetizers under the Rotary Gazebo.

Chase Luddeke, who owns and manages Mellow Mushroom in Blowing Rock serves up pizza and appetizers under the Rotary Gazebo.