Nevada Elks Lodge helps honor fallen military in Afghanistan

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NEVADA, Mo. — A local Elks Lodge hosts an event honoring military members who were killed in Afghanistan.

Nevada Elks Lodge 564 teamed up with the organization 13 Flags to host a a flag signing ceremony. Members of the community were able to come in and sign a flag to be given to one of the thirteen military members killed in Afghanistan last week. One of those killed included Lance Corporal Jared Schmitz who is from Wentzville, Missouri. It’s unclear which family will receive the flag signed at the Nevada Elks Lodge 564.

Lodge members also set up a table to honor and remember the 13 fallen service members.

“As a veteran myself, its very near and dear to my heart, because I spent time in Iraq; I was not in Afghanistan. Anytime that’s just what you do as a fellow brother. You take care of whoever you can and their families in times of need,” said Dennis Bowling, Leading Knight of Elks Lodge Nevada 564

Four other locations in Vernon County also held flag signing ceremonies tonight.

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