On Veterans’ Day, November 11, 2014, beginning at 4:30 p.m., Presque Isle Elks Lodge #1954 will host a free stew night for all military veterans. 

According to Alan Harding, Exalted Ruler of the local Elks Lodge, the Presque Isle Elks will be serving a menu of chicken stew, ployes, beef stew, hot rolls, corn chowder, corn muffins, chili, fresh biscuits and a variety of desserts at the Elks Lodge located at 508 Main Street in Presque Isle, on Veterans Day evening beginning at 4:30 p.m.  All military veterans will be served without charge.  A donation of $5 per person is suggested for any non-veterans who wish to attend.

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In addition to the variety of stews, breads, and desserts, the Elks will also be providing live musical entertainment throughout the evening, as well as door prizes for the early-arriving veterans.

In commenting upon the Veterans’ Day event, Elks Exalted Ruler Harding said, “The Elks organization was formed nearly 150 years ago to assist veterans of the American Civil War.  Elks continue to observe service to our military veterans as one of that organizations’ most important programs.  A fundamental precept of every Elks Lodge is that ‘As long as there are Elks, veterans will never be forgotten’.”

The Grand Exalted Ruler of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks, John D. Amen, has proclaimed the month of November to be Veterans’ Remembrance Month.  Every Elks Lodge has been charged with hosting events and engaging in activities which express the gratitude of all Elks to our veterans for their service to our country.  Harding continued, “It is in keeping with this national proclamation that the Presque Isle Elks will be serving a variety of stews free of charge to any military veteran, as well as providing a time of entertaining socialization in recognition of the debt we all have to our military veterans for their service.”

Any veteran who needs transportation to the Elks Lodge may obtain it by calling the Presque Isle Lodge at 764-0985.

In addition to hosting the Free Stew Night, the Presque Isle Elks will be assisting the local VFW Post with its Thanksgiving Dinner for Veterans on Sunday, November 23, 2014.

In conclusion, Harding said, “While we use Veterans’ Day to pay special honor to veterans during the month of November, our debt to veterans should never be far from our thoughts throughout the year.”