Veteran’s Memorial Garden hosts a Veteran’s Day Celebration

Veterans Memorial GardenToday is Veteran’s Day, and with Veteran’s Day comes Wyoming’s annual Veteran’s Day Ceremony. Wyoming Mayor Jack Poll will host this years Veteran’s Day Ceremony at 6 p.m. at the Veteran’s Memorial Garden (2300 DeHoop SW).

The event will start off with the Lee High School Band performing the prelude at 6 p.m. The Lee Band will perform three more musical numbers throughout the Ceremony.

Guest speaker CH (LTC) Mel Flikkema, USAR (Ret.) will address the crowd with the focus being “On Remembering.”  Flikkema served in Kuwait and Iraq during the Iraq war as the active duty chaplain of the 83rd Chemical Battalion.

Veteran's DayOn top of celebrating the Veterans who have served our country, the Wyoming Department of Public Safety will be accepting donations throughout the month of November for the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans. Donations can be dropped off Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m.

Important items for donation include the following:
•    New batteries: C, D and AAA
•    New release DVD’s
•    Gift Cards to: Meijer, Gordon Food Service, Burger King, McDonald’s, Wendy’s, etc.
•    New postage stamps (Forever Stamps preferred)
•    Bic Disposable Lighters
•    Large print paperback books
•    Recent magazines
•    New and gently used men’s and women’s clothing
•    Personal hygiene products

While the Wyoming Department of Public Safety will be accepting donations through November, the Grand Rapids Home for Veterans will accept donations through December 30. Their doors are open Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

WKTV will provide a delayed broadcast of the Veteran’s Day Ceremony that will be shown on Channel 26.