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Saluting Military Recruits

2016 Archives



SALUTING MILITARY RECRUITS (SMR) is a non-profit, veteran run organization created to recognize and honor graduating High School and College students (and their families) who have enlisted in the armed services and who will be entering military service after their graduation.

SALUTING MILITARY RECRUITS - San Francisco Bay Area holds a special ceremony near the end of each school year. During the ceremony we have speakers who welcome and thank the new enlistees to military service. Veterans, recruiters, civilians and the recruit's families all attend and participate in the ceremony.  We also present each enlistee with a special Certificate of Appreciation from SALUTING MILITARY RECRUITS in a procession ceremony.


Keynote Speaker:


Captain William S. Koyama
United States Navy Commander
Carrier Air Wing FIVE


Special Veteran Speaker:


Mickey Ganitch
Navy Pearl Harbor Survivor


Special Guest Speaker:


John McPartland
Colonel, USA Army (Ret)


Chairman Michael L. Emerson

Event Location:
Hayward Veterans Memorial Building
22737 Main Street
Hayward, California 94541

Event Date & Time:
Saturday, 4 June 2016, 1:00 - 4:00 pm
(See time details in event schedule box below)

Hayward Veterans Memorial Building

Hayward Veterans Memorial Building-Inside


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-Saluting Military Recruits Event 2016-

American Veterans (AMVETS) had our 4th Annual "Saluting Military Recruits" (SMR) event. About 115 Veterans, Recruits, Families, and Recruiters attend. Each recruit received a free SMR t-shirt. Plus during the procession ceremony each recruit was presented a free SMR military challenge coin.  The SMR organization also supplied free drinks and snacks to all who attended. Founder/Chairman of SMR and the MC of the event was AMVETS Hayward Post 911 Commander Michael L. Emerson (wearing his AMVETS Honor Guard uniform). Special veteran guests were: Navy Pearl Harbor Survivor Senior Chief Mickey Ganitch, IWO Jima Battle Survivor Marine Corps Corporal Chuck Kadlecek, Army Vietnam Veteran  Paul Gravelle, Captain Koyama, currently the Commander of ROTC at University of Berkeley (Desert Storm, Iraq and Afghanistan Veteran), and retired Army Colonel John McPartland and current BART Director (Vietnam & Desert Storm Veteran).  Hayward Veterans Memorial Building in Downtown Hayward, California. Saturday, 4 June 2016.


Donors / Sponsors


Castro Valley Post 9601




Paul V. Gravelle
Livermore, California

SMR Challenge Coin Sponsor




Keisuke "Kasey" Warner

U.S. Navy Retired

Remember Freedom is not Free

Bud Simmons

US Air Force
Korean War Veteran




Castro Village Bowl
Castro Valley, CA

of Castro Valley, CA


3473 Castro Valley Blvd.
Castro Valley, CA 94546
(510) 581-2577



To donate, volunteer, and for more info please contact:
Michael L. Emerson
Saluting Military Recruits - San Francisco Bay Area


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