Thursday, August 29, 2013

Reminder: Black Diamond Labor Day Parade

The Black Diamond Labor Day Parade is planned for 10 AM Monday, Sept. 2. The Seattle Base float will be there and for those wishing to attend and march in the parade we are meeting at the Black Diamond Museum between 8 and 10 AM for coffee and treats from the Black Diamond Bakery. We will then walk up to the parade staging area.
Seattle Base Float at the 2012 parade
The Black Diamond Labor Day Parade staging begins with a check in for the float location at the Fire Station on Baker Street, which is a block West off Highway 169. The parade check-in starts at 8 AM. The staging area will be on 1st and 2nd Ave. The Black Diamond Museum is at the west end of Baker Street and Railroad Ave (two blocks from the Fire Station). The parade travels north on Highway 169 and ends up on the school playfield.
Black Diamond map with some of the key locations
The weather is expected to be mild and the crowds are going to be great. Make sure you come early to find parking. You can find more about what is happening at the event at the Black Diamond Labor Days website

Bring the kids, grand-kids, and friends to enjoy an old fashion Labor Day event.

We hope to see you there.

Keith Watson

Monday, August 26, 2013

2013 Tolling the Boats Ceremony, Part 1

Seattle USSVI Base held our annual Tolling the Boats Ceremony on Saturday, August 17. The day started out a little cloudy and breezy, but the weather cleared up for the picnic and Tolling Ceremony. There was a nice turnout for the ceremony and pre-ceremony picnic.

The decked out float drew a lot of attention from people in the park, as usual, and a number of them stopped by the pavilion to ask questions and some stayed for the ceremony.
Seattle Base Float by the Kirkland Marina Pavilion
A view of the float from inside the pavilion 
A close-up of some of Ric Hedman's photos on the float
We have a bunch of pictures from the picnic and the Tolling Ceremony, so I've split them up into two blog entries. In this entry, I'm including pictures from the Tolling Ceremony. You can click on a picture to get a larger view of it.

The Tolling the Boats Ceremony is a memorial service to honor our lost submarine brothers who made the supreme sacrifice while performing their duties with valor, integrity, and courage. This ceremony is a fundamental part our creed as members of U.S. Submarine Veterans, "To perpetuate the memory of our shipmates who gave their lives in pursuit of their duties while serving their country."
Tolling the Boats Memorial Wreath
John Roberts acted as the Master of Ceremonies for the Tolling.
John Roberts checking to make sure everything is following the plan
The Honor Guard from VFW Post 2995 was on hand to 'Present the Colors' and provide other honors for the ceremony.
VFW Honor Guard
Music for the ceremony was provided by Kami McGrath-Trieder. Kami helped start the ceremony by singing the National Anthem. She would later sing The Boogie-Woogie Bugle Boy and provided other music.
Kami McGrath-Trieder sings the National Anthem
Seattle Base Chaplin Andrea Geisler provided the invocation for the ceremony.
Andrea Geisler reads the invocation
After the invocation, Steve Shelton welcomed everyone and provided some opening remarks.
Steve Shelton welcomes everyone to the Tolling
A view of the audience
Then our World War II veterans were piped aboard and escorted to their seats.
Fred Ensslin being escorted to his seat
All the World War II veterans
Ric Hedman gave a short presentation about the USS R-12. He talked about the loss of the sub during World War II, the recent discovery of the sub and the efforts to create a documentary about R-12. We will have more information about how to donate to the project at future Seattle Base meetings.
Ric Hedman talking about the lost boat USS R-12
Pat Householder explained the significance and origins of the Tolling Ceremony, which led to the reading of the lost boats.
Pat Householder talking about the significance of the Tolling Ceremony
This year's Tolling readers were Dick Gonzales and Dave Schueler with Jim Harper ringing the bell.
Dick Gonzales preparing to read the list of lost boats
Dave Schueler and Jim Harper
When the reading of the lost boats was complete, special guest Eileen Warren (Eilieen's husband was a Corpsman on submarines during World War II) placed the memorial wreath to honor the lost submariners, then VFW Honor Guard provided the gun-salute and Taps presentation.
Lois Mezek and John Roberts give the memorial wreath to Eileen Warren
Eileen Warren placing the memorial wreath
The VFW Honor Guard then saluted the World War II veterans.
VFW Honor Guard members salute the WWII veterans
Then the they conducted a flag folding presentation and Andrea Geisler provided the Benediction to conclude the 2013 Tolling Ceremony.

After the ceremony we gathered the Seattle Base members and submarine veterans for a group photo.
Group photo by the Seattle Base float
Thanks to John Roberts and Dick Gonzales for taking over the reins of the Tolling Ceremony and thanks to all those who helped make the Tolling Ceremony a success.

Bravo Zulu to John Roberts and Dick Gonzales

2013 Tolling the Boats Ceremony, Part 2

This blog entry has pictures from the pre-ceremony picnic and social time. We tried to get at least one picture of everyone, but we did miss a couple of the late arrivals.

We hope you enjoy the photos and remember to just click on a picture to see a larger version of it.
Dick Gonzales, Kirkland Mayor Joan McBride, John Roberts, and Fran Gonzales
Bob and Chris Opple
Josie and Fred Ensslin (WWII submarine veteran)
Paul (WWII submarine veteran) and Aecha Christofferson
Arlene 'Ritzy' Ritzhaupt and Pat Householder
Jay and Miri Davis with daughter Suz
Karl 'Dutch' Krompholz's family
And a close-up of Barbara and Dutch Krompholz
Don Ulmer and Chris Opple
Dave and Lynn Schueler
Jim Harper and Marilynn Birdsall
Sandra and John Roberts
Fran and Dick Gonzales
Tim Floresh and Doug Gilman
Schell and Av Harmon
Robbie Robertson (WWII submarine veteran), Fred Ensslin (WWII submarine veteran), and Teri Robertson
Steve and Lynda Shleton with Marilynn Birdsall
Judy and Keith Watson
Mary Tarabochia, Dani and Bob Haslan
Jo and Cliff Nutter
Gary English, Sam Ronnie and Lois Mezek
Special Guest Eileen Warren with the memorial wreath
'Cooks for the day' John Bush and Keith Watson
Preparing for the picnic
Barbara Krompholz, Marilynn Birdsall, Jim Harper, Dutch Krompholz, and Andrea Geisler
Our music provider, Kami McGrath-Trieder
Dave Schueler and Bill Lightfoot
Dutch Krompholz and Ric Hedman
Marilynn Birdsall, Lynn Schueler, Lynda Shelton, and Chris Opple
Dutch Krompholz Bill Lightfoot and Cliff Nutter
Thanks again to all those who organized and helped put on the Tolling the Boats Ceremony and to those who showed up to share lunch and remember our fallen shipmates.