By Conrad Dudderar
A celebratory banquet this Thursday night will help kick off “Veterans Appreciation Month” in Yukon.
The Yukon Veterans Museum will present its eighth annual gala Oct. 14 at the Dale Robertson Center, 1200 Lakeshore. Doors open at 6 p.m.
The gala will feature keynote speaker U.S. Army Maj. (ret.) Ed Pulido, a combat veteran who lost his leg in 2004 when his military convoy was struck by a roadside bomb in Iraq.
Veterans Appreciation Month is being observed Oct. 11 through Nov. 11 in the City of Yukon.
“We want to thank this city and residents for their support of the veterans we honor each and every day for the sacrifices they made for the freedoms we enjoy,” Yukon Veterans Museum founder/curator Rick Cacini said.
“This gala will further the Yukon Veterans Museum’s mission to honor all who served in the U.S. military.”
Thursday night’s gala will include a silent auction, catered dinner, live music, and 50/50 cash raffle.
The auction will be “extra sweet” this year – featuring cakes, pies, cookies, cinnamon rolls, and candy.
Bob Bean Catering will provide dinner of chicken, potatoes, green beans, green salad, pasta salad, rolls, tea, and coffee.
Featured performer will be Rick Sondag of The Mystery Dates band.
The gala speaker, Maj. Pulido, is a Bronze Star and Purple Heart recipient. He is founder and CEO of the “Heart of Lion” John Daly – Major Ed Foundation, which provides mental, physical and wellness support to the nation’s children and U.S. military veterans.
Maj. Pulido is senior vice president and ambassador of the Folds of Honor Foundation, a veterans’ charity that provides educational scholarships to the spouses and children of the fallen and wounded.
A ceremonial “cutting of the cake” will be a highlight of the eighth annual Yukon veterans’ gala.
Individual tickets to Thursday’s festivities are $30 for adults and $15 for anyone 12 years and under.
Sponsorships are: Red ($500), white ($300) and blue ($100).
SEE THE MUSEUM
For the past eight years, the Yukon Veterans Museum, 1012 W Main, has occupied a 4,100 square foot space inside the American Legion Building.
The museum features: Battlefield gear, historic photographs, newspaper and magazine clippings, flags, uniforms, helmets, weapons, military documents, and much more.
Displays include artifacts from all U.S. wars and military conflicts.
The Yukon Veterans Museum’s regular hours are 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday. After-hours tours are available by appointment.
Yukon Veterans Museum board members are Rick Cacini, Jeff Kranz, Jenny Crane, Jerry Icenhower, Ron Edmonson, Casey Barnett, Eddie “Mac” McFadden, Jack Stewart, Tom Thomas, and Jerry Stafford.
For more information about the museum and/or Thursday night’s gala, call (405) 517-1901, (405) 314-5791 or (405) 514-6794.