Did you attend the Berger Center recognition of our Veterans? If not don’t miss next years event. Kiwanis, OVA, the Gardens, McBride and Century 21 Realtors will combine efforts to honor our Veterans again in 2022.
Kiwanian Charlie Ensley wrote an article for the newly named “Annadel Neighbors” which previously was called “Oakmont Living”. The article was titled, “History of Oakmont Veterans Day Recognition”. Charlie has given me permission to quote from his article, just in case you missed it. “Until 2005 there was no official recognition of Veterans in Oakmont. That year, an Army veteran named Mel Ruiz took his golf cart, waved a flag, and accompanied three friends in golf carts and they rode around Oakmont streets on November 11th. It grew a bit year by year, including a few classic cars, until 2010, when Mel approached the Kiwanis Club of Oakmont and asked if they would sponsor the event. They agreed, and over the years since, it grew in size and scope. Mel was unfortunately exposed to Agent Orange while he was a Medivac helicopter pilot in Vietnam and died in 2014. In his memory, his wife, Kathy Ruiz, has been part of the Veterans recognition since. As the event and parade grew over a decade, Kiwanis was joined in sponsorship by Oakmont Gardens, McBride Realty, Century 21 Realty, and Oakmont Village Association. We are grateful to each group for what they have brought to these appreciation events. Unfortunately, we can no longer facilitate the popular parade due to liability and safety issues and problems closing off the city streets here in Oakmont.”
If you would like to help Kiwanis in the events we sponsor, contact Kiwanis President, Fran Lazzarini. Emailemail@example.com or 707-521-9024
Oakmont is going to the Dogs on December 13th and again on December 18th.