Utah Valley Convention Center
KEN POTTS—WWII Navy Veteran. One of the last two survivors from the attack on the USS Arizona as it sat in Pearl Harbor. Like so many from that era, this quiet man came home, worked hard, raised a family, and purposefully avoided the spotlight. Shortly after finally agreeing to accept a Freedom Award earlier this spring, Ken marked his 102nd birthday. And less than a week later, passed away. A poignant reminder of this fast-fading population of individuals who so willingly put themselves in harm’s way to secure our peace and freedom.
JOHN “JACK” MORAN—WWII Army Veteran. As an infantryman in the European theater, he saw the brutality of war first hand. At one point their group was surrounded by Germans, so they dug in, formed a circle facing out, and defended themselves until bad weather lifted a few days later and US air raids began. He was in the Battle of the Bulge and at the end of the war was involved in the liberation of a concentration camp. Out of his platoon of 33 men who entered combat, only two came back from the war.
WILLIAM “KEN” LUTTRELL—WWII Marine Veteran. With a proven aptitude for sensing direction and distance, Ken was trained in radio operation. His group saw action in the Pacific theater including the invasions of Roi Namur, Saipan, and Tinian. They were in the first wave of amphibious assault in the invasion of Iwo Jima. There he was wounded by a piece of shrapnel that ripped through his left check and out his right check. Nine surgeries in four hospitals did not deter his gratitude to have survived when so many did not.
GEORGE CIAMPA—WWII Graves Registration. We most often focus on those who fought during the war, but what of those whose lives were taken? Who took care of them? George’s original desire was to be a pilot in the Aircorp, but a series of events instead landed him in Graves Registration. He and his companions had the arduous and solemn responsibility to sort bodies, organize the belongings, and bury their fellow soldiers in temporary cemeteries throughout France, Belgium, and Germany. During the 11 months that his group served, they buried 75,000 Americans and Germans.
Casey Elliot, a co-founding member of GENTRI, will provide our vocal entertainment. He just finished filming a movie about the Greatest Generation—watch for “Devil’s Men” being released soon.
John Sargeant—marking his eighth year as the Gala’s Piano Man!—will provide the pre-show, dinner, and post-show entertainment. He is an established musician and recording artist.
Fresh Chopped Romaine Lettuce, garnished with Crispy Prosciutto Ham, Fire Roasted Tomatoes,
Grecian Feta Cheese and topped with Chef Javier’s own Pickled Red Onions.
Served with the House Vinaigrette Dressing. Accompanied by Sour Dough Baci Rolls and Butter
Chicken Cordon Bleu with Cured Virginia Ham, Smoked Gouda Cheese, and finished with a Dijon Cream Sauce. As a companion entrée, a Tender Boneless Beef Short Rib served with a Savory Bordelaise Sauce. Accompanied by Yukon Gold Mascarpone Mashed Potatoes, and
Seasonal Vegetables with Broccoli, Cauliflower, and Carrots.
Choice of Banana Marble Cake or Italian Toasted Almond Cake
SALAD As above without dinner rolls
ENTRÉE As above
DESSERT Flourless Chocolate Torte
SALAD As above without Ham and Cheese
ENTRÉE Marinated Portobello Mushroom Cap stuffed with
Spinach and Cream Cheese, topped with Mozzarella
cheese, garnished with Sauteed Garden Vegetables
and Red Pepper Sauce.
DESSERT Flourless Chocolate Torte
*Special requests for gluten-free or vegetarian options must be placed at the time of the ticket order.