Utah Elks Host Lit­tle War­riors at Camp Wapiti

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Robert D. Pag­nani

The first Lit­tle War­riors Camp at the Utah Elks Camp Wapiti in Tooele, Utah was held July 19th and 20th. There are none who have given as much as the fam­i­lies of the fallen; chil­dren and par­ents of fallen War­riors who have lost their life in bat­tle or by sui­cide af­ter re­turn­ing from com­bat. In col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Utah Elks As­so­ci­a­tion, Hand in Hand and Amer­i­can He­roes, more than two dozen chil­dren and their fam­i­lies went to the camp for a week­end re­treat.

The main goal of every­one was the hopes that there could be some heal­ing for these fam­i­lies and to show them that they are not for­got for their sac­ri­fice. An event of this mag­ni­tude re­quires di­verse com­mu­nity of vol­un­teers to be suc­cess­ful and they came through­out the state to make it hap­pen; the Utah Na­tional Guard brought BB gun range, med­i­cal staff from Dug­way Prov­ing Ground, meals pur­chased by Ki­wa­nis of Tooele, Arts and Crafts by Home De­pot of Tooele and lots and swim­ming at the camp to name a few of the events. Robert Pag­nani Utah Elks Vet­er­ans Chair­man hope that this will be­come an an­nual event in co­op­er­a­tion and made pos­si­ble due to the gen­eros­ity and ded­i­ca­tion to ser­vice from the Utah Elks As­so­ci­a­tion and many other or­ga­ni­za­tions.

Events like this “Lit­tle War­riors Camp” and oth­ers we host can only pro­vide a day or two away from the stress and anx­i­ety that los­ing a fa­ther, son, daugh­ter or mom must surely cre­ate, but it is our way of try­ing as we strive to make this a bet­ter com­mu­nity for all of us to live in and re­mind these in­cred­i­ble fam­i­lies that we will never for­get them and the great price they have paid for the price of free­dom. Elks will al­ways re­mem­ber “As long as there are Vet­er­ans the Benev­o­lent and Pro­tec­tive Order of Elks will never for­get them”

Sub­mit­ted by Robert Pag­nani

Par­tic­i­pants at the Utah Elks Camp Wapiti in Tooele.

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