June 6, 2019 marked the 75th Anniversary of D-Day and the Battle of Normandy and the official international ceremony celebrating this major anniversary took place on Juno Beach. Six members of St. Petersburg Elks Lodge 1224 were part of a group of Elks who traveled and attended and supported the 75th Anniversary of D Day in Normandy this past June. The medals were presented to them on August 3rd by Florida Elks Past State President and WCD Leader, Frank Palladini on behalf of Historical Programs, France, and the first city US Forces liberated, Sainte-Mere-Eglise. The medals were given to them as an appreciation for not only participating in the festivities but because they also escorted WWII Veterans from the US to the 75th Anniversary of D-Day ceremonies. The surviving veterans are now all in their nineties, and each year their numbers dwindle with as time marches on. The anniversary was commemorated with military parades.
The Elks and the Historical Programs recognize and celebrate historical moments in American military history and make sure that the sacrifices made by many in our nation are never forgotten and passed on to future generations of Americans. Rudy Masi also received a separate award, a plaque for his work with Historical Programs.
Picture 1) Left to Right: WCD Esquire/PER Joanne Matos representing 1224, LOEA President/FLOE Treasurer Marlene Evans representing 1224, FSEA PSP/WCD District Leader Frank Palladini , FSEA VPAL Rudy Masi, Sr. representing 1224, PER Dolly Masi representing 1224, FSEA State Chair Elks Training/PER Rose Goodrich, Nancy Gorby, FSEA Children’s Therapy Services BOD/PDD Toni Goodrich representing 1224, FSEA Vice Chair Veterans Services/ Tarpon Springs #1912 ER/PER Robert Gorby, and Robert Matos representing 1224.