Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who have served honorably in the military in wartime or peacetime and to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated and to underscore the fact that all those who served, not only those who died, have sacrificed and done their duty.
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• Birmingham: The Birmingham Veterans Day ceremony will be co-hosted by the Piety Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the City of Birmingham beginning at 11 a.m., Nov. 11, at the Civil War and WWII monuments in Shain Park, across from the Birmingham City Hall, 151 Martin St. The special guest speaker will be former U.S. Army Master Sergeant Patricia Drury. The program includes a DAR wreath laying with officers from the Birmingham Police Department. The Birmingham Fire Department will also be part of an Honor Guard. Bonnie Brooks will sing the National Anthem, Frank Stasa Jr. is the featured bagpiper, Lynn Hoellars Popa will play taps and the Oakland Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol Color Guard will post the colors. For more information, call Lisa Milton at 248-641-8486 or email Janet Ashley at [email protected].
• Holly Twp: Great Lakes National Cemetery hosts a Veterans Day ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at 4200 Belford Road, Holly Township. The keynote speaker is Army veteran and Buddy-to-Buddy Program Manager Kate Melcher, The ceremony will feature patriotic music, presentation of colors, a rifle salute and taps. The Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and POW/MIA will make a wreath presentation. The invocation and benediction will be conducted by State Chaplain for the Vietnam Veterans of America, Tom Meinhardt. For more information, email Great Lakes National Cemetery Advisory Council President Garth Wootten at [email protected] or call 248-858-0785. The Holly Veterans Day Remembrance Ceremony is at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, at Lakeside Cemetery, at 860 Thomas St. For more information, call 248-348-9960. Holly High School hosts a Veteran’s Day Concert from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, at 6161 E. Holly Road. For more information, call 248-328-3200.
• Independence Twp: American Legion Post 377 hosts a Veteran’s Wreath Laying Ceremony and 21-Gun Salute to honor Veteran’s Day at 11 a.m., Nov. 11, at the post flag pole, 4819 Mary Sue, Independence Township. All attendees are invited for a light lunch after.
• Orion Twp: The Orion Veterans Day Ceremony is at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, at the Orion Community Center, 1335 Joslyn Road, Orion Township. For more information, call 248-693-6636.
• Pontiac: The “Soar Like an Eagle” Veterans two-day Conference is free and open to all veterans. The first day is for female veterans and is from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Nov. 10, a reception follows at 5 p.m., at Welcome Missionary Baptist Church, at 143 Oneida, Pontiac. The second day is for both men and women veterans from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11. To register for the conference, contact Linda Hamlet at [email protected] or by phone at 248-515-0081.
• Royal Oak: Royal Oak Memorial Society Veterans Day ceremony is at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, at the Veteran’s War Memorial Plaza, across from the library, south of Eleven Mile Road and east of Main Street. The memorial event includes a guest speaker, a 21-gun salute, taps played by the Royal Oak High School buglers and patriotic songs from the Gentleman Songsters. State Sen. Marty Knollenberg will present Vietnam pins to veterans who served until the Vietnam War ended in 1975. For more information, call 248-543-8420. Veteran’s Day Pro bono Drop in and Draw Art Therapy Workshop is from 10 a.m. to noon and 3 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at the Center of Natural Healing building, second floor, at 1103 S. Washington St., Royal Oak. For more information, call 248-808-0038. The workshop is free, but space is limited. Registration is required in advance at http://bit.ly/vetdayprobono.
• Troy: The Troy Veterans Memorial Committee hosts the Troy Veterans Day Ceremony 11 a.m., Nov. 11, at Troy Veterans Plaza, in front of City Hall, 500 W. Big Beaver Road. The program will include the raising of the colors, rifle salute and taps by the Troy Police Honor Guard, patriotic music, and the laying of the memorial wreath at the Veterans Monument. Keynote speaker is U.S. Air Force Veteran Sgt. Mark W. McBride. For more information, call 248-524-1147.
• Waterford: Waterford ABC Harley-Davidson hosts an event to honor veterans from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at 4405 Highland Road. All veterans can enjoy a free lunch and receive a special free gift. Special guests include members of the Pontiac Vet Center, American Legion Chief Pontiac post 377 and Michigan Armed Forces Hospitality Center. For more information, call 248-674-3175 and visit www.abcharleydavison.com.
• Macomb County: STAHLS’ and the nonprofit Stahls’ Automotive Foundation will honor veterans, current military service men and women, and their families during Veterans Day weekend with Power Play for Heroes Saturday, Nov. 11 and Sunday, Nov. 12. to benefit Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs for Michigan veterans and first responders. There will be a free Veterans Day Open House from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 11, at Stahls Automotive Collection, 56516 North Bay Drive, Chesterfield. Team Stahl’s vs. Detroit Red Wings Alumni hockey game begins at 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 12, at St. Clair Shores Civic Arena, 20000 Stephens St. St. Clair Shores. The game is open to the public for a $ 10 donation to the Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs at the door and proceeds will be matched by the Stahl family. For more information, call 586-772-6161. For more information about the Stahls Automotive Foundation and Collection, visit stahlsauto.com. For more information about Guardian Angels dogs, visit www.MedicalServiceDogs.org.
• Free Electrical Services: Local Electricians Offer Free Electrical Services to disabled veterans, those whose spouses are serving in the military, deployed military personnel and military widows through their Help Our Heroes campaign now until Jan. 31, 2018. The electrical services must be under $ 500 worth of work including labor and materials and include emergency repair work, broken or unresponsive light outlets, and/or dangerous wiring and applies to homeowners in Oakland, Macomb, and Wayne Counties. For more information and to schedule service, call 248-332-8100 and visit www.yourlocalelectricians.com/helpourheroes.
• Marine Corps Birthday Party: The Troy VFW Post 4037 hosts a combined Marine Corps Birthday Party and Pig Roast from 4 to 8 p.m., Friday, Nov. 10, at 2375 E Maple Road.. For more information, call Gunny 248-515-5883.
• Ladies Night Out: The American Legion Post 143 Auxiliary hosts a Ladies Night Out from 7 to 10 p.m., Friday, Nov. 17, at 96 Churchill, off Auburn Road, west of downtown Auburn Hills. Event includes vendors Tupperware, Partylite, Jamberry, Thirty-one, Norwex and LuLaRoe. For more information, call 248-852-4880. Admission is free. For a list of free offers for veterans, visit http://bit.ly/vetfreefood.
The Oakland Press is interested in all veterans events in Oakland County. Please send info in the body of an email with subject line “Veterans Affairs” to Sharon Longman at [email protected] Allow two weeks’ notice for scheduled events and include a phone number for readers to call for more information.