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Elks Campaign to Support Pearl Harbor

At the 2019 Elks National Convention in St. Louis, outgoing Grand Exalted Ruler Mike Luhr issued a challenge to the Elks members to raise funds for the Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii.

“I ask you then, will your Lodges and Members support the idea of making sure the memories of our veterans, passed and living, are kept with us for the years to come, and make sure the history of that ‘Day in Infamy’ is recorded so our great-great-grandchildren will be able to see where our country has been?”

Since that announcement, Elks have been partnering with the Pacific Historical Parks, a WWII focused 501(c)(3) tax-exempt public benefit organization that oversees the Pearl Harbor National Memorial, to help preserve, restore and modernize the USS Arizona Memorial. Thanks to your donations, we’ve met 2 big goals already.

  • The first $15,000 Elks raised will be used to replace old, faded and peeling outdoor exhibits along Pearl Harbor National Memorial’s perimeter.
  • An additional $270,000 raised by Elks will upgrade current static displays with digital exhibits, build new interactive displays to engage children, and modernize the museum.
  • All additional funds raised will be used to enhance and expand a virtual education program that will allow youth and adults across the country to “virtually visit” Pearl Harbor and learn about our history.

Thanks to all who have donated so far! These contributions will help honor the service and dedication of Americans whose profound contributions to our nation should never be forgotten so that generations to come will know and appreciate the enormous sacrifices of the Greatest Generation.

The Elks Pearl Harbor Campaign ended November 11, 2020. As of November 18, we have raised $501,829.78!
We are still tallying donations and will have a final number soon.

Questions? Email PearlHarbor@elks.org or call 773-755-4736.

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