Elks get a jump on Veterans Day

JACKSON HOLE, WYO – Veterans and their families are invited to Jackson Elks Lodge No. 1713 for a night of dinner and music on Friday, November 10, beginning at 5pm.

Dinner will be prepared by the Lodge’s very own Donnie Rodgers, who will be serving beef brisket, sides, and dessert. Live music is being graciously donated by Elks members and local musical legends the Hog Island Ramblers. Dinner is free for veterans ($12 for non-veterans). Proceeds will go to the Jackson American Legion Post to help with the rebuilding of the war memorial on the town square.

“We decided this year to have a veterans event the day before Veterans Day,” the Elk Lodge exalted ruler Valerie Peterson. “Many veterans have other events to attend on the actual holiday and we didn’t want to conflict with them. We thought that offering a night of dinner and live music to thank veterans for all they have done for us is the best way Elks can honor them.”

Rodgers said, “This is one of my favorite events to cook for. This is the least I can do to thank them for their service.” The lodge chef insists that each year proceeds from the veterans dinner goes to the local American Legion to contribute to the rebuilding of the war memorial on the Jackson town square.

When asked, the Hog Island Ramblers jumped at the opportunity to contribute to the dinner by donating live music. In the past, the event did not include entertainment, and it is hoped that this will make for a memorable experience for veterans and their families.

“Lodge members cooking, serving food, and playing music to honor our community’s veterans—this is what the Elks are all about,” Peterson added.

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