There’s a popular phrase you often hear about Veterans: All gave some and some gave all.  As we near Veterans Day and pause to reflect about what these brave souls have done, and continue to do for our country and freedom, it can stir up some feelings.  Sometimes emotional, other times inspirational.

For Denny Terrell, broker/owner of RE/MAX Dynamic Agents in Mankato and St. Peter, MN, thoughts of Veterans and their service to us and our country inspired him. “They gave so much,” says Denny, “I wanted to find a way to give something back and bring Veterans together.”

Denny recalls, “My dad was in Iwo Jima and couldn’t talk about his experience without crying. After many years I convinced him to attend a WWII reunion in Washington DC.  He really enjoyed meeting others who went through similar experiences, and could talk about the things he experienced. He told me later how much that meant to him.”

And so, Hog Roast for Heroes was born!  This Veterans Day, Sunday, November 11, will mark the inaugural event where veterans and their families will be treated to a complimentary meal at the Eagle Lake American Legion.   

“My hope with this event is to help our local Veterans find others to connect with and share stories with. It’s already happening!”

When the event idea made its way to George, a Veteran of the 1st Marine Division and DJ at the local radio station, Country 103.5, they were eager to get involved. They have since donated thousands of dollars in airtime interviewing Veterans and sharing and their stories.  They spoke with a 91 year-old WWII veteran and as well as a double amputee from the War in Afghanistan. We encourage you to listen to their stories here:

While the event is presented to Veterans and their families, it is open to the public and they’re encouraged to come.  They’ll accept free will donations and all proceeds will go to Beyond the Yellow Ribbon, a local organization that helps veterans and their families with deployment and readjustment within the four-county area around Mankato, MN.  

Denny says they’re expecting anywhere from 300 to 600 people to attend. “I’ve got 40 Boston butts ready to cook, I found two volunteers willing to smoke ‘em. My buddy who owns the local KFC is donating side dishes, and residents are offering to bake and bring desserts. RE/MAX is sponsoring the event but it’s really a community commitment.”

If you’re interested in getting involved, or supporting the cause with a donation, please contact Denny Terrell at (507) 340-4562 or