Jun 112012
 

The first Monday of every month the Naval Order, a U.S. Navy heritage society, www.NavalOrder.org, gather at Capp’s Corner in North Beach, San Francisco.

These old soldiers/sailors hail from World War II and all the other conflicts this country has been engaged in since.

So you can imagine a room full of elderly gents and a few ladies clumping together around rows of tables to update each other on personal news, association events and the latest obituaries. Their physical form expresses their age — some bent spines, spectacles, and hearing aids.

But these details do not speak to their hearts and souls which are vibrant, proud and assertive. Passionate about their service in the country’s navy, these members are happy to recall the events that brought them together.

The speaker on this day was 92-year-old Mickey Ganitch who gave his eyewitness account of the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Here are some YouTube clips of similar addresses Mickey made at other events:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlvpn3SNdQY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAyf5t3N9P4&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beTVay0oGzY&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsO0_7Ne2tg&feature=relmfu

Also at this luncheon, and also 92, was the illustrious poet and founder of City Lights Bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I was thrilled to get his autograph and I later sent him the same YouTube links as above.

The first Monday of every month the Naval Order, a U.S. Navy heritage society, www.NavalOrder.org, gather at Capp’s Corner in North Beach, San Francisco.

These old soldiers/sailors hail from World War II and all the other conflicts this country has been engaged in since.

So you can imagine a room full of elderly gents and a few ladies clumping together around rows of tables to update each other on personal news, association events and the latest obituaries. Their physical form expresses their age — some bent spines, spectacles, and hearing aids.

But these details do not speak to their hearts and souls which are vibrant, proud and assertive. Passionate about their service in the country’s navy, these members are happy to recall the events that brought them together.

The speaker on this day was 92-year-old Mickey Ganitch who gave his eyewitness account of the attack on Pearl Harbor December 7, 1941. Here are some YouTube clips of similar addresses Mickey made at other events:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nlvpn3SNdQY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uAyf5t3N9P4&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=beTVay0oGzY&feature=relmfu

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HsO0_7Ne2tg&feature=relmfu

Also at this luncheon, and also 92, was the illustrious poet and founder of City Lights Bookstore, Lawrence Ferlinghetti. I was thrilled to get his autograph and I later sent him the same YouTube links as above.

My friend and Vietnam veteran Bob Hansen pointed out that there are many members in their 30s, 40s and 50s who are otherwise too occupied to attend.

He also noted that many illustrious people are members of this society such as the Admiral George Dewey who to was victorious at the Battle of Manila Bay in the Spanish-American war and the former Secretary of State George Shultz.

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