Silva reportedly is encouraging all governmental departments, civic organizations, fraternal and patriotic groups, and residents in general to participate in the observance.
As part of the observance, Deming Elks have invited over 100 student athletes and band members to enjoy hamburgers at the lodge on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. The complimentary meal will be served by lodge volunteers.
Organizers say that one of the Elks’ goals is to support our nation’s youth.
Besides the Youth Week observance, the Deming lodge also sponsors the Annual Elks Hoop Shoot, a basketball free-throw contest for kids up to 13 years old. This past year, a Deming youth advanced all the way to the regional Elks Hoop Shoot competition in Dallas, Texas.
The lodge also has supported and sponsored Little League and other youth teams, groups and clubs, and promotes drug awareness.