Our Pledge: "So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them."
And to that we add those men and women currently enlisted in the various branches of the Armed Services. We have several ongoing initiatives and events focused on our veterans and military personnel from Adopt a Troop, Bunko Night at the VA, Flag Day Ceremonies and Veterans Dinners. For the Order of Elks, veterans remembrance is a daily proposition. We never have and never will never forget the sacrifices these heroes made so that we may be free. For the Elks, November is Veterans Remembrance Month.
Welcome Home Kits for Homeless Veterans We are working with the VA to provide starter kits of items to establish a new home when a homeless veteran finds permanent housing. The kits provide basic necessities such as bedding, towels, microwave, dishware, pots, pans, cleaning supplies and more. Elks members shop for and deliver the kit when the veteran moves in. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you'd like to volunteer and/or donate. Check out our Welcome Home Program page for more information. Watch this short video on the program
Adopt A Troop We will continue to collect items and ship as long as we have a local soldier deployed. We have been collecting DVD’s to ship for entertainment, paperbacks are great, candy, snacks, personal-care items for both men and women, Sunday comics are really appreciated, writing paper and pens, cards (playing and greeting), ground coffee and dry drink mixes are a few of the items we send. Your monetary and other donations are greatly appreciated.
Bunko At The VA Hospital Hosted on the 5th Wednesday of the month (when applicable) we travel to the VA hospital and play Bunko with vets. Bunko is a simple dice game that provides lots of laughs, some prizes and generally a good time for everyone. We play Bunko with the Veterans for about an hour, provide food and some goodies, laugh and let them know we care. If you are interested, please contact Arlene Fiveland at 952.472.1049, Guy Saffel (the Veteran's Chair for Hopkins) at 612.722.1948.
Flag Day Ceremony Held every June 14, our Flag Day ceremony gathers veterans, active military, friends, family and members of the community to honor our country's flag. It consists of a procession of flags, the Pledge of Allegiance, stories from members of the military and generally remarks by local community figures.
Veterans Day Dinner Each year on or about Veterans Day (November 11), we host a free dinner for our veterans and those in active military service. Elks members, family and friends pay tribute to the vets and military personnel. We have a special tribute to the fallen and missing soldiers as well as hand out special stars taken from our country's flag.