Lodge Veterans Programs

Lodge Veterans Programs

Elks pledge "So long as there are veterans, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks will never forget them." The Elks National Veterans Service Commission takes that pledge one step further, and promises service to our nation's veterans and military members, with a special focus on service to those in need.

Thousands of Elks volunteers give generously of their time, energy and resources to serve veterans and military members each day, to ensure that pledge is not an idle one.

The Littleton Elks Lodge Veterans Committee believes in that pledge. We do many events to honor and help our veterans, active-duty troops and first responders.

Profile of Service The Littleton Elks Veteran’s Committee is dedicated to honoring and assisting our veterans, as well as active-duty troops, police, firefighters, first responders and public service heroes. The focus of this program is to recognize this special group of service people and inspire and educate our youth, members, the community and their families about life serving our country.

Colorado National Guard CONG Partnership The Littleton Elks Veterans Committee adopted Colorado National Guard (CONG) Unit 220 in Denver to help them with many different activities.  We have gone to the base to serve breakfast and lunch, and we hosted their annual picnic with more than 250 attendees. In turn, they have honored us with their Flag Ceremony at our annual Veterans Dinner.

National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic National Disabled Veterans Winter Sports Clinic provides nearly 400 profoundly disabled veterans challenges to overcome the perceived limitations through adaptive skiing, sled hockey, scuba diving, rock wall climbing, education and other activities.  The Littleton and other Front Range Elks volunteer at Denver International Airport on two weekends to help these veterans get to and from their planes, carry their luggage and host a hospitality area and thank them for their service.

9/11 Dinner in remembrance to those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, the Littleton Elks, directed by the Veterans Committee, host a dinner with a guest speaker and other events to honor all of those whose lives were lost or shattered by this fateful day.

Veterans Dinner The Veterans Committee, with help from the Ladies Auxiliary, hosts a dinner for veterans, their families, and friends to pay tribute to all those who have served in our Armed Forces.  Veterans eat free on this night of music, speeches, and a chance to toast those who have and are currently serving our country.

Flag Day Ceremony The Littleton Elks officers host a Flag Day ceremony for veterans and other Lodge members to present the flags from our country and celebrate the freedoms we have because of those who have fought for this right throughout the years.

Flag Retirement  A box is outside of the Littleton Elks Lodge for the members and the general public to bring their used flags to be respectfully retired.

Wreaths Across America The National Wreaths Across America Foundation sells wreaths to put on the graves of veterans and their spouses who have served in the Armed Forces at national cemeteries across the nation.  Littleton Elks volunteers help in placing the wreaths at Fort Logan National Cemetery before the holidays and remove after the season.

Oildale Movie The Littleton Elks raise funds by screening  “Oildale” ,  a movie about homeless veterans that find family as they rent rooms from an 18-year-old girl struggling to support her 13-year-old brother while discovering her voice in Americana music. It is planned to be shown quarterly in our Lodge. Proceeds will go to the Veteran’s Committee fund.

Troops Needs Drives Our generous members and community members have donated more than 100 boxes of food and toiletries for our Food Drives for Troops, 100s of pairs of socks for the Warm Feet for Warriors drive, as well as new and gently used towels for homeless veterans provided by Volunteers of America.

Metal Recycling Once a year, the Veterans Committee hosts a metal recycling event for the public, taking old metal items and recycling them.   All of the money from the purchase of the old metal is given to Veterans organizations.  Any money donated to the Committee on that day is also presented to a Veterans organization.

Soldiers Angels Food Distribution The Littleton Elks volunteer to load veterans’ vehicles with food donated by local organizations.  This event occurs monthly.

Rolling Thunder Rolling Thunder is a United States advocacy group that seeks to bring full accountability for prisoners of war and missing in action service members of all U.S. wars. Littleton Lodge 1650 enjoys partnering with Colorado Rolling Thunder Chapter 1 on many events and fund-raising efforts.

First Responder Support The Lodge has provided cash donations, and meals for the Littleton Police Department and South Metro Fire Rescue.

Freedom Grant The Littleton Elks Veterans Committee has been awarded the Elks National Foundation (ENF) Freedom Grant. With these funds the Lodge has been able to provide motorized scooters for disabled veterans, cash donations to Soldiers Angels Veterans food drive, and the hosting  the Colorado National Guard's CONG Annual Family Picnic.

The Littleton Elks Veterans Committee meets the first Monday of every month at 6pm. We welcome new members to our committee as well as volunteers for our events.