Elk & Elk is proud to honor and celebrate the men and women who serve our country. Elk & Elk is honored to be the presenting partner of Military Salutes, recognizing active duty military members and veterans, for each home game and throughout the season. Read more about Elk & Elk.
"A huge part of it was both my grandpas were in the Marines, and then my oldest brother, he joined the Marine Corps and set the example, pretty much, for all of us," said Landis, who was the Elk & Elk Military Salute honoree at Nationwide Arena on Dec. 5, when the Blue Jackets hosted the New Jersey Devils. "My middle brother joined the Marine Corps, and then I followed in their footsteps. All three of us are Marines."
Whenever Gedtson "Bill" Hill wears his black Vietnam War veterans cap, he usually draws a "thank you" or two from those who notice. If he's with his wife, Leslie Hill, he'll give them a surprising reply: "Thank you for thanking me, but she did 20 years also," referring to the 20 years both he and Leslie served in the Army. "They all go, 'Wow, that's pretty unique.'"
"We got a call saying that a commercial airliner went down in the North Atlantic," said Reed, 74, a retired purchaser for Columbus Southern Power Co., who's now in his 17th year as an elevator operator at Nationwide Arena. "They wanted us to go look for them, but there was a big storm in the North Atlantic. Until then, we'd stayed South of it."
"The centerpiece of this new partnership with Elk & Elk highlights the commitment our organizations share when it comes to showing our appreciation to those who serve," said Ryan Shirk, Blue Jackets Vice President of Corporate Partnerships. "We're also pleased to align Elk & Elk with our foundation's signature fundraiser in support of youth health and wellness."