Veterans Lunch Features High School Band

Above, the Crow High School Band performs for veterans at Lane Electric. Below, almost 60 veterans joined the LEC board and staff for lunch; a flag greeted guests.

By Lindsey McCarthy

Lane Electric Cooperative hosted nearly 60 veterans at its second annual veterans lunch on November 8. The co-op acknowledged directors, employees and members who served in the armed forces.

veterans sit at tables watching musical performanceCrow High School’s nine- piece band performed the National Anthem and other patriotic music. Immediately after, the band departed for Washington, D.C., to play in the Parade of Heroes. Nominated for this honor by an anonymous veteran, the band was the only group selected from Oregon.

“Performing in the Parade of Heroes at our nation’s capital is a tremendous honor, and we are taking the responsibility very seriously,” says Band Director Pat Dixon, whose father was a veteran. “The Crow High School Band is very small but they play at the highest level, always elevating to the demands of the music.”

The Crow community helped raise more than $15,000 for the band’s trip.

“The fact that this opportunity is bringing some positive attention to a small school district and a small music program is truly remarkable,” Pat says.

A lift truck hangs an American flag from the lift armLunch guests heard from Dr. John LeBow, founder of Veterans Legacy in Alma. The nonprofit provides integrated treatment to address medical and psychological needs of veterans, with an emphasis on therapeutic agriculture.

LEC Credit & Member Services Supervisor Julie Stephens envisioned the lunch last year after learning Veterans Legacy is in the co- op’s service territory.

“Many of my family members are veterans, so it’s important to me that we honor and recognize those in our community who have served our country,” Julie says. “I’m thankful that Lane Electric has given us the opportunity to show our support through this event.”

If you are a veteran and were not notified of this event, please contact us at 541-484-1151 so we can include you next year. Thank you.