Fund raiser to benefit veterans

Sixty-five years ago thousands of Allied soldiers stormed the beaches of Normandy in an invasion that started the final stages of World War II in Europe.
Later this year, some of those soldiers who waded onto French soil, now octogenarians, will go to Washington, D.C., as part of a Neosho County Honor Flight. They will spend three days in the nation’s capital, which will give them ample time to visit the World War II Memorial and other patriotic sites.
Members of the American Legion Riders Post 170, Chanute, are sponsors of the trip, with estimated cost of $20,000.
A major fund raiser is scheduled next Saturday in downtown Elsmore with the Somewhere Tavern as the focal point. The event will start at noon and continue until midnight.
Food, at $6 for adults and $3 for children 10 and under, will be served from noon to 4 p.m. A variety of children’s activities will be in the Elsmore City Park.
A car and motorcycle show will be part of the extravaganza on Main Street. Raffles and sale of souvenir T-shirts and hats will be part of the goings-on. In the evening a disc jockey, with karaoke, will entertain.
The Elsmore City Park, recently enhanced with playground equipment, will share in proceeds.
Mike and Morla Gillard, owners of Somewhere Tavern, made the lion’s share of arrangements for the fund raiser.
Donations also are being accepted for the Honor Flight and may be made to American Legion Riders Post 170 or to an Honor Flight Account at Bank of Commerce, 101 W. Main, Chanute.