Tomorrow is Veteran’s Day, but the party started a little sooner on the Fort Hall Indian Reservation.
The Shoshone-Bannock Hotel and Events Center held the 9th annual Veteran’s Day powwow today to celebrate those who have given so much for our freedom.
Fort Hall Casino’s Marketing Director, December Ariwite, told us: “It’s just one of those things that we did to honor our warriors for their service and sacrifice for our country so it’s just our way of showing our appreciation.”
To show appreciation, the hotel hosted a feast open to everyone, native or not, and two grand entries with dancing and drumming, where the veterans in attendance were honored in the middle of it all.
“Well, you know, from the history we weren’t appreciated. Especially our Vietnam brothers, they weren’t and to make that a turn around and make it a better thing, and a good thing, especially today’s veterans they’re coming out today to really appreciate them for what they’re doing,” said US Marine Corps Veteran Jack Barton.
If dancing and singing isn’t your thing, the Fort Hall Casino is also offering some bonuses for veterans, like $25 of free play and a night stay in the hotel.
“We get a lot of out of state visitors that come to share in this event so it grows every year so that’s what motivates us and gets us excited about putting it on,” said Ariwite.
Veterans should be honored and celebrated 365 days a year for their service, but that doesn’t mean tomorrow shouldn’t be just a little extra special.
“It’s not like a little thing, a job and a vacation, like the recruiter tells you. You get to go see the world, you get to go see nice places, it’s not always like that. So this is always a good thing that the Sho-Bans, especially the tribes that honor us in that way,” added Barton.