Meal for veterans is Monday at Worthington Elks
WORTHINGTON — The Veterans Memorial Park Committee of the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce will serve free hamburger and cheeseburger baskets to veterans and their spouses at the Elks Lodge from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Monday.
The group will use funds donated from the Ken McNab Freedom Veterans Memorial Fund for the event.
“How it came about is Ken McNab donated some funds and they were to be used to help veterans, so this is one part of that,” Freedom Veteran’s Memorial President Mike Kuhle said.
“We always try to do something for veterans, and we thought this would be a great opportunity to recognize the veterans who have served — regardless of if they served in Afghanistan or Iraq — and we want to thank them for the time they have served,” committee member Bruce Flygare said.
This will be the first time the group has hosted a free hamburger and cheeseburger meal for veterans.
“It’s just a way that the park committee can honor the veterans and show our appreciation and go by the wishes of Ken McNab to do something for the veterans,” Kuhle said.
McNab died Oct. 20, 2012, and was a World War II veteran. He served in the Pacific and was discharged in June 1946.
After his time with the military, McNab remained interested in veteran’s issues and was part of the planning committee for the Nobles County Freedom Veterans Memorial Park and Honor Flight Southwest Minnesota.
Both Flygare and Kuhle said they are looking forward to Monday’s event and hope there will be a good turnout.
“It’s a great opportunity to get the veterans of Nobles County together in one spot for an event, and for a little fellowship and visiting,” Flygare said.
Steve Brake is expected to bring his grill to the Elks Lodge Monday and donate his time to grill the burgers. The rest of the Veterans Memorial Park Committee will also help with the event.
“We have about seven members on the committee, and we take care of the park on Lake Okabena,” Kuhle said. “Since its inception, we started planning the park, and we raised funds to put all the monuments and pavers in place.”
The Elks Lodge is located at 1105 Second Ave. Hamburgers and cheeseburgers will be served from 5:30 to 7 p.m., or until gone.