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Over 100 veterans and guests enjoyed a prime rib dinner served by the Elk Elks Lodge.

By Mary FitzSimons Kerner

Ely Elks Lodge #1469 does it again! They hosted a prime rib dinner with all of the fixings on Veterans Day last Saturday to honor local White Pine County Veterans.

Over 100 people were served and all veterans received a challenge coin from the Elks thanking them for their service.

A complete program began with Ms. Tiffany Swetich singing the National Anthem and Mr. Ken Curto giving the table dedication ceremony on behalf of the American Legion for POWs and MIAs.

Mr. Dick Munson offered the invocation and dinner was served by the White Pine High School Rodeo Club. The meal was prepared under the direction of Mrs. Gayle Bartlett.

The guest speaker of the evening was the Warden of Ely State Prison and Army Veteran Timothy Filson while Mr. James Beecher emceed the evening with his funny, yet professional candor with his fellow veterans in the audience laughing along.

It takes several dedicated people to put on an event such as this. A big thank you to all who helped before, during and after.

A special thanks to the sponsors: Ridley’s and Fiore Pan Mine. A very special thanks to the White Pine War Memorial Foundation for their generous donation covering most of the food costs.

We are deeply appreciative of the service and sacrifice of all veterans who helped and continue to help make this world a better place for all of us.

Ronald Reagan said “Some people live an entire lifetime and wonder if they have ever made a difference in the world. A veteran doesn’t have that problem.”