Muskegon area residents will have two opportunities to commemorate America’s armed forces contributions – one a Veterans Salute on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at Muskegon Community College, and the other a ceremony on Veterans Day, Saturday, Nov. 11, at Causeway Veterans Memorial Park.
Both events are free and open to the public. For more information, call the MCC Student Life Office at (231) 777-0216.
Muskegon Community College
Wednesday, Nov. 8, 11 a.m.
Because Veterans Day falls on a weekend this year, a Veterans Salute will take place midweek at Muskegon Community College on Wednesday, Nov. 8, at 11 a.m. by the flagpole located near the main building entrance.
MCC student veterans will raise the flag and post the colors. U.S. Army veteran Jerry Conrad, an MCC adjunct instructor and local businessman, will serve as the emcee and will lead the pledge of allegiance. Rev. William Anderson, an Air Force veteran and pastor of Philadelphia Baptist Church in Muskegon, will deliver the invocation.
MCC Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. John Selmon will welcome those in attendance. SPC Andrew Worcester, an MCC student and U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, will provide remarks.
Following a moment of silence, the VFW Muskegon County Council will deliver a 21-gun salute and, following the playing of “Taps” by MCC student Bri Holtrop, will retire the colors. The ceremony will close with a Benediction by Rev. Anderson.
Causeway Veterans Memorial Park
Saturday, Nov. 11, 11 a.m.
A Veterans Day ceremony will be held on Saturday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at the Causeway Veterans Memorial Park.
The guest speaker will be Lupe Alviar Jr., a founding member of Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA) Chapter 31 in Muskegon a national VVA committee member, and a member of the Muskegon County Veteran Affairs Advisory Board.
The Reeths-Puffer Middle School Band will perform under the direction of Rich Erne. The posting of the colors and a 21-gun rifle salute will be conducted by Don Rea VFW Post #8846 of North Muskegon. The Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution will lay wreaths.