Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day held Monday

Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Nevada Elks Lodge No. 564 held a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day Monday, from noon to 6 p.m. Pictured are Don Meisenheimer, Mike Kutina, John Rinehart (Missouri Elks Association State President), Mike Brooks, Jim Overton, Larry Rose, John Switzer (Des Moines Elks Lodge No. 98), and Doug Thomas.
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Nevada Elks Lodge No. 564, with other local organizations, hosted a Vietnam Veterans Appreciation Day on Monday afternoon.

The Elks partnered with Veterans of Foreign Wars No. 2175, Missouri Eagle, Bronaugh 4-H, Backroads 4-H, and Lone Star 4-H to make the event possible.

Veterans and their family members were treated to soup, salad, sandwiches, and desserts.

"Nevada Elks lodge has always been a very impressive organization," John Rinehart said.

Rinehart is the 2021-2022 Missouri Elks Association president and a United States Marine Corps veteran.

"What they do for the veterans of the area and Missouri has always been impressive," he said. "Hats off to these guys. I love the display; I love the camaraderie that they have. The wall is beautiful. Just an all-around great group."

He explained the Nevada Elk Lodge does a great job in supporting local veterans that are hospitalized.

"Jason had contacted us about partnering and putting on the event today," Debbie Metcalf, president of the VFW Auxiliary, said. "That's what the VFW does, what the Auxiliary does. We are here for the veterans, anything to help them... I think you're going to see more of a partnership between the Elks, the VFW, and the 4-H groups and we want it to be a community event."

According to Jason Meisenheimer, the Elks had welcomed more than 80 veterans by mid afternoon.

Missouri Elks Association State President John Rinehart is greeted by Mike Brooks.
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