The City of Wyoming will hold its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Friday, Nov. 11 at 6 pm at the Veterans Memorial Garden, 2300 DeHoop Ave. SW.
Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll will host the ceremony and Col. Dennis Gillem, one of the most decorated Michigan veterans, will be the guest speaker for the event. Gillem received seven medals of valor for service during two deployments to Vietnam and retired from active duty in 1986 after serving as an Army advisor for the Michigan National Guard in Grand Rapids.
“We are honored to have the highly decorated Col. Gillem speak at our annual Veterans Day ceremony,” said Mayor Jack Poll. “The City is profoundly grateful for the commitment and sacrifices veterans have made for our country and our freedoms.”
The Lee High School band will perform at the event along with the Wyoming Department of Public Safety Honor Guard.
“The City of Wyoming is committed and proud to recognize those who have served, and continue to serve, our country in the armed forces and protect our freedoms,” said Rebecca Rynbrandt, director of community services for the City of Wyoming. “Our Memorial Day and Veterans Day ceremonies are a tribute to that service and protection.”
The Wyoming Department of Public Safety will be accepting donations for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans during the month of November. Items sought for donation include $25 gift cards to local fast food restaurants and retailers, candy bars, pens, batteries, stamps, grooming and hygiene items, and new or gently used clothing.
Items can be dropped off at Public Safety, which is located at 2380 DeHoop Ave. SW, on weekdays from 8 am to 4 pm.
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