In what has become an honored annual tradition, the Lakeview Elks Lodge will host military veterans, and their significant others, in a dinner on Saturday, Nov. 9.
Taking place at the Lakeview Elks Lodge building, doors will open at 5 p.m., with dinner served at 6 p.m. The event is not open to the public, only veterans and spouses will be served. The menu is expected to be Italian cuisine, according to Elks Lodge Veterans Coordinator Greg Campbell.
The event is free to attend for veterans and accompaniment, though an entrance lapel pin must be collected first either from the Lake County Veterans Services office or at the Lakeview Elks Lodge prior to the event date.
In addition to dinner, the Sagebrush Echoes will perform at the dinner. Additionally, Lake County Veterans Services Officer Charles Pike will provide a speech and updates about current veterans services. The annual dinners have been held every year since 2015.
“This is a way to give back to the veterans that served our country,” said Campbell. “It is special, a time where we are able to recognize them for their efforts. If they have problems we try to help, and if they need it they have a place to go.”
Supporting veterans is a key element of the Elks Lodge directive. In addition to the annual dinner, according to Campbell the local #1536 Lodge also makes financial donations to Lake County Veterans Services. Unlike in the past, this year’s events will not include any commemoration of deceased veterans, as has been done previously with special recognition for Jessica Ellis – a Lakeview High School graduate who was killed in combat in the Middle East.
Rather than any direct donations or volunteer efforts, Campbell noted that simply becoming a member of the Elks Lodge is a means to support veterans through the organization’s various veteran-support and philanthropic efforts.
The Lakeview Elks Lodge is located at 323 N. F St. in Lakeview. For more information about the dinner or veterans services available in Lake County contact the Lake County Veterans Services office at 541-947-6043.