LONG BRANCH: The following is a press release from the Old Guard of Long Branch:
Wednesday, Dec. 7 was Holiday Luncheon day for the Old Guard of Long Branch, an event held each year with wives and lady friend's guests to continue the cordialities and friendships that have lasted for many years. The luncheon was at Branches Catering Restaurant, in the private dining room off the charming garden on the north section of the building.
The occasion is meeting day for the men's group and a brief ceremony to welcome guests and announce the new officers for 2017. The colors were brought forth, the national anthem sung by all, the pledge to the flag and the solemn convocation executed.
The special significance of the date, December 7, the 75th anniversary of Pearl Harbor paused the ceremony as all reflected on the sacrifices our service men and woman had made, on that day. For quite a few the reflection brought remembrance of the event they personally experienced.
At noon the music began as first courses were begun to be served. Familiar songs drew many to the dance floor and for others smiles emphasized the memories of songs from earlier days. DJ Bob Khawaty kept the floor busy and the dancers enjoying jitterbugs, the Cha Cha, the Tango and the Electric Slide, a favorite always.
The group numbered 65, a bit smaller than 2015 but the excitement returned as the afternoon progressed.
Some members are new this year, but said they were delighted to have joined the club.
Membership is open to all men who would enjoy the activities and the senior atmosphere. The members say "Just drop in at the Long Branch Senior Center on 82 Second Ave. any Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. and see what goes on, the camaraderie that permeates the hall and the friendships we members enjoy."