Graeagle Independence Day Celebration
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
GET READY FOR THE 2019 GRAEAGLE INDEPENDENCE DAY CELEBRATION with the theme “Living the Gift of a Lifetime.” Plan ahead for this family-friendly event by marking your calendar for the yearly hometown celebration that only Graeagle can offer. From family-friendly dancing, an aerial fireworks display over Graeagle Mill Pond, and the spectacular Graeagle Parade/Day in the Park events, Graeagle is the place to be on Fourth of July weekend.
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Jackson Lee Harris, Sr.
Jackson “Jack” L. Harris was born in Los Angeles on June 14, 1920. He grew up in the LA area.
On May 15, 1940 Jack enlisted in the U.S. Navy and went to boot camp at the Naval Training Center in San Diego. After basic training he attended Aviation Ordnance Class A School in San Diego. He was then assigned to VP-14 (a PBY patrol squadron) out of NAS North Island San Diego. The squadron was transferred to NAS Kanehoe Bay, Hawaii in April of 1941.
On September 29, 1941 Jack married his high school sweetheart, Gladys Lorene McClanahan, in Honolulu, Hawaii. Both were in Hawaii on that “Infamous Day in History”, December 7, 1941 when Japanese Naval forces staged a surprise attack on U.S. forces on Oahu. Jack had the duty that fateful day, helping load ordnance and a bombsight on a VP-14 PBY. That patrol plane dropped the first ordnance in America’s involvement of the Second World War on a Japanese mini submarine trying to sneak into Pearl Harbor. Jack would later be assigned to a four-month Norden Bombsight Class C School in San Diego before returning to Kaneohe as a part of the Fleet Air Service Squadron. He was then transferred to VBP-117, as a B-24 gunner, bombardier and later crew chief. VBP-117 was then deployed to the Pacific, operating out of Tinian Island and then the islands of Leyte and Mindoro in the Philippines. VBP-117 operated in a combat zone for nine months and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation for the number of aircraft shot down and ships sunk.
After WWII Jack stayed in the Navy retiring in 1964 as a full Lieutenant. Post WWII duty assignments included the USS Tarawa (CVA-40) home ported in Boston, the USS Pine Island (AV-12) home ported in San Diego, the staff of Commander of Naval Air Forces Pacific in San Diego, MCAF Iwakuni, Japan and NAS Alameda.
Jack’s involvement in Graeagle began in 1973 when he and Lorene bought a lot on Navajo Trail. In 1984 they moved from Whittier, California and built their dream house on the same lot where Jack still resides. His beloved wife passed away on November 8, 1998 after a brief fight with cancer.
Jack has been a Graeagle community giver since he and Lorene moved to Graeagle. Since 1984 he has been active with the Graeagle Community Church, serving in various positions that include Chairman of the Board and Sunday School Superintendent to chief chair mover and coffee mess officer. Until last year (2018) he had been an active member of the Graeagle Golf Club, playing his last round of golf in 2018. He acted as the Graeagle VFW chaplain until they disbanded a few years ago. And, he was an active member of the Graeagle Fire Protection District for about 5 years in the 1990’s helping with radio dispatch.
Jack Harris, Sr. feels honored to be named the Grand Marshal for this year’s Fourth of July parade. He would be the first to acknowledge that he has been blessed by the Graeagle community and would not want to live anywhere else.
EPCAN (Eastern Plumas Community Assistance Network)
EPCAN is the local food bank in Portola which serves the needs of families in Eastern Plumas County. EPCAN works in partnership with the Portola Family Resource Center. EPCAN supports, funds, and operates the food bank located at 120 Nevada Street in Portola. The food bank is staffed by volunteers and one paid site manager. They organize and manage the ordering and distribution of food to families in need. Food consists of commodities and perishables purchased or provided by the Northern Nevada Food Bank, or food purchased from various stores in the area. EPCAN depends entirely upon donations of food or money to keep their doors open. Each month EPCAN provides a 3-day emergency food supply to families, as well as perishables and federal commodities. This past year the monthly average number of clients served has been 160. The monthly average number of households has been 129.
EPCAN thanks the Graeagle Independence Day Committee for the Community Appreciation Award. Donations to EPCAN can be sent to EPCAN, 120 Nevada Street, Portola, CA. 96122. Volunteers are also welcomed and needed throughout the year.
Have you purchased this year's theme button? The buttons are available at many Graeagle and Blairsden shops and on Friday during the hustle in the street for donations. Buying a button helps the Graeagle Independence Day Committee pay for the fireworks!
To DAN & TREY WEST and GRAEAGLE LAND AND WATER for their support, and for providing personnel for the setup & cleanup of numerous activities. This event would not be possible without their offering the use of the Mill Pond area for the aerial fireworks display, and the Green for the park festivities.
To LANCE WEHRMAN of PLUMAS SANITATION - for the supply and service of our sanitation services.
To RICKY & CANDY ROSS of INTERMOUNTAIN DISPOSAL for their yearly contribution to the overall success of our activities.
To Steve Harding and Dale Lambert of Graeagle Store for their generous donation and support.
To FEATHER RIVER PARK RESORT, PAT & TERRY GREW, Jeff Engel, and WANDA WIDERIKSEN for golf carts critical to event coordination.
To MOVIN' WEST RV PARK - Sponsor of Britton Memorial Bicycle Brigade.
PARADE ENTRY FORM
Please register online via this link.
FIREWORKS DONATION FORMS
GRAEAGLE 2019 Celebration - July 5 to July 7