Veteran’s Day celebration to be held in Virginia City

The Virginia City Elks Lodge No. 390 will host a Veterans Day Celebration on Saturday evening starting at 6 p.m. to honor past and present United States military service men and women for the sacrifices they have made and continue to make for this country.

The celebration will begin with a meet and greet, followed by a ceremony to pay tribute to those who have paid the ultimate sacrifice. There will also be a cake cutting ceremony in honor of the 237th birthday of the United States Marine Corps. Appetizers will be served throughout the evening as well as a cash bar for refreshments.

Proceeds from the silent auction and 50/50 raffle will go to help veterans at the Veteran’s Administration hospital in Helena.

Vietnam veteran and former Marine Joe Bettinger explains that it is difficult to comprehend the sense of gratitude he and other veterans feel when they’re recognized for their sacrifices.

He said that it can be difficult for veterans to adjust when they return home. When they prepare for training, he says, their “screws” are wound tighter than the normal, every day mental processes of civilians. After combat, Bettinger says the military doesn’t have a formula to help veterans loosen that tension.

“A lot of veterans kind of go off, want to be alone. It’s a struggle for them,” he says. “When they gather together and are honored, it helps to adjust those screws.”

For more information about the Veterans Day Celebration at the Virginia City Elks Lodge #390, contact Bettinger at 843-5544.

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