A dinner was held March 10 to celebrate the 106th birthday of veteran Ray Chavez, the oldest Pearl Harbor survivor.
The event, which was held at Rancho Santa Fe Bistro, was hosted by Jeri and Richard Rovsek, founder of the Spirit of Liberty Foundation, and Gary and Maggie Bobileff. The Bobileffs had been with Ray and the Spirit of Liberty Foundation in Hawaii for the historic 75th Anniversary of Pearl Harbor Remembrance Ceremonies.
The birthday cake presented to Ray was very special as it featured a reproduction of an original oil painting of the Arizona Memorial in Pearl Harbor, which was created by renown American patriotic artist Scott LoBaido. The painting is one of six paintings that the Spirit of Liberty Foundation has created. The Spirit of Liberty Collection pieces are large and very dramatic 6-foot x 4-foot paintings of America's most important monuments to honor U.S. Armed Forces, plus the first painting of Arlington National Cemetery which was completed last Veteran's Day, Nov. 11, 2017, when the Spirit of Liberty Foundation had its America's Freedom Bell to honor U.S. Armed Forces.
The Spirit of Liberty Collection will be unveiled at the Pentagon on the Sunday before Memorial Day with 50,000 guests.
For more information on the Spirit of Liberty Foundation, visit www.spiritoflibertyfoundation.com