The Lomas Santa Fe Country Club recognized three of its members as veterans on November 11th in honor of Veterans Day.
Joe Zakarian, one of eight Modesto children and an avid golfer, said Uncle Sam “took me right out of the classroom” as a teacher. Prior to his service, he attended St. Mary’s College and played on the 1946 football team that lost to Oklahoma A&M in the Sugar Bowl.
Three veterans were honored during a brief ceremony.
Joe Collins, who joined the military in the 1950s, said he was most proud of his family. He was discharged from the Air Force as a first lieutenant.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better life,” he said. “I have a wonderful wife and four good children. It couldn’t be better. “
A third winner, World War II veteran Bill Whitley, was unable to attend.
All three members will have posters with their pictures and details of their military service that will be posted on the wall of the club’s other veteran posters.
Ted Ax, the club’s general manager, told veterans that the ceremony was intended to “celebrate the great gift you have given our country and all of us who live free.”
“It could end up being an annual event,” he said.