EUREKA, CA. – Tribal groups and community members came together in eureka Saturday to honor veterans and seniors at the 36th Annual Intertribal Gathering and Elder’s Dinner.
Put on by the Northern California Indian Development Council, the event celebrates veterans of all ethnicities as well as tribal culture with art, music, dance and food and the festivities are free to elders over 55 in appreciation of their impact.
The spirit of Veterans Day, Thanksgiving and National Native American Heritage month come together throughout the day.
Last year over 4,500 people attended the gathering and over 1,000 dinners were served free of charge to elders.
“For me it’s a good opportunity to give back to the community and allow other people to see what we have culturally as their neighbors, and to honor our elders and veterans and show the respect that we have for them and the influence that they’ve made in our lives,” said volunteer and Karuk Tribal member, Andrew Cramblit, “Make sure that you say thank you to an elder or a veteran and thank them for being a part of our lives and helping us grow and be the people that we need to be.”