Two Muskegon ceremonies – one virtual and the other in person – commemorated America’s armed forces contribution during 2020 Veterans Day on Nov. 11. The Veterans Day activities are planned by committees comprised of Muskegon Community College and local veterans organizations.
2020 Veterans Day Video Tribute (below)
With in-person classes greatly reduced this semester in response to the coronavirus, Muskegon Community College replaced its afternoon Veterans Day ceremony on campus with the following online tribute.
The 29-minute video below, produced by MCC TV Director Rod Van Nortwick, features:
- the posting and lowering of the colors on the MCC campus by representatives of area veterans’ organizations;
- reflection by Rachel Gorman;
- a moving rendition of “America the Beautiful” with images of the local veteran headquarters and sites;
- remembering our MIAs and POWs;
- remarks by local veteran Dr. Dennis Cobler;
- the military branch anthems;
- a 21-gun salute;
- the playing of Taps; and
- a solemn recognition of every Muskegon County veteran who gave the ultimate sacrifice in World War I, World War II, Korea, Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan.
Causeway Veterans Memorial Park
The traditional ceremony was held outdoors at the Causeway Veterans Memorial Park at the south end of the park near the former Cobb Plant entrance.
The guest speaker was Wes O’Donnell, a U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force veteran and a journalist whose work has appeared in several military publications. The posting of the colors and a 21-gun rifle salute was conducted by an honor guard from the VFW, the American Legion and the Marine Corps League. Flo Predko sang the National Anthem. The Colonial Dames and the Daughters of the American Revolution presented wreaths.