Muskegon Community College annually collaborates with area military veteran organizations in the planning of a Veterans Day afternoon ceremony on campus. The event commemorates the contributions and sacrifices made by local veterans in service to our nation. The community also holds a morning ceremony at the Causeway Veterans Memorial Park. For more information, call the MCC Student Life Office at (231) 777-0216.
Muskegon Community College
Because Veterans Day fell on a weekend in 2017, a Veterans Salute took place midweek at Muskegon Community College by the flagpole located near the main building entrance.
MCC student veterans raised the flag and posted the colors. U.S. Army veteran Jerry Conrad, an MCC adjunct instructor and local businessman, served as the emcee and led the pledge of allegiance. Leo L.B. Smith delivered the invocation and benediction.
MCC Executive Vice President and Provost Dr. John Selmon welcomed those in attendance. SPC Andrew Worcester, an MCC student and U.S. Army veteran who served in Afghanistan, provided remarks.
Following a moment of silence, the VFW Muskegon County Council delivered a 21-gun salute and, following the playing of “Taps” by MCC student Bri Holtrop, retired the colors.
Causeway Veterans Memorial Park
A Veterans Day ceremony was held on Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Causeway Veterans Memorial Park.
The guest speaker was 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 performed under the direction of Rich Erne. The posting of the colors and a 21-gun rifle salute was conducted by Don Rea VFW Post #8846 of North Muskegon. The Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution laid wreaths.
View a video of the 2017 Veterans Salute ceremonies at MCC: