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Fullerton Elks Lodge honors veterans with Veterans Day Lunch

The Lodge honored veterans in our community by holding a lunch on Veterans Day.  Over 100 people attended the lunch, most being veterans representing World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Middle East and Afghanistan conflicts.  Veterans were welcomed to the Lodge by Exalted Ruler Dana Antolin.  Each veteran received a challenge coin thanking them for their service.  The coins were presented to the veterans by Veterans Service Committee Co-chairs Susie Myers and John Paine.  Fifty-six veterans were provided lunch, and an additional fifty-eight supporters purchased meals. 

A ceremony was held to honor all of the service branches.  Representatives of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR), Mohave Fullerton Chapter, were present to provide recognition Vietnam War Veteran pins to eligible veterans.  Surviving family members of Vietnam veterans received a Blue Star pin.  The Vietnam War 50th Anniversary program commemorates the anniversary of this war.  Veterans who were on active duty in the U.S. Armed Forces at any time during the period of November 1, 1955 to May 15, 1975, regardless of location, are eligible to receive a pin.  

The Master of Ceremonies was Luis Antolin, 1st Year Trustee.  Approximately twelve volunteers from the Lodge assisted.  

This article was written by Cory Brown of Fullerton Elks Lodge #1993.
 
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