#Veteran Events & Announcements 5/11 to 5/25

Listed below are only the events I have for the next 14 days here in the Metro Detroit area, of which there are 5 new items. You can also go to the Legion 328 website to download any flyer for these and future events (thru August) at  http://www.legionpost328.org/events.html 

If your group has an event benefiting veterans, or you hear of an event, please share with me so I can share with the veteran community.  I would rather get an event 3 times than not at all!  Please make sure any flyer lists address of event and a contact person!

You can also find many other veteran events & information for Veterans on the State of MI Veterans website, Detroit Public Televisions' Veterans website, and a few others:



"Calling all Marines!" Marine week (Note: The site currently talks about Nashville last year, but gives you an idea of what it will be like here in Detroit) is coming to downtown Detroit the week of September 6th. The Marine Corps is looking for Marines of all generations to help with the event. Still in the planning stage but if you would like to get involved contact SSgt Ana Villanueva at the Marine Corps at 703-614-6092 or via email.

"Veteran Study on VA Hospitals" There will be a study on how vets get treated at the VA in Ann Arbor. You get $100 for participating! For more info on this project, set for June 10th, see flyer.


"Friday, August 18, 2017" The Metro Airport Freedom Center, which has hosted over 300,000 guests since opening in 2011, is hosting a golf outing at the Selfridge Golf Course, Hall Rd, Harrison Twp, with an 8AM best ball scramble. Cost is $100 per person ($380 foursome), lunch & Deli Sandwich Bar. Watch the Thunderbirds practice while you golf. Sponsors are wanted as well as golfers! Note: See form/flyer for rules regarding entrance to Selfridge and for more information. Help the center continue to help those that serve today.

"Friday, May 12, 2017" The US & Canadian Military Friendship dinner, the 58th, will be held this year at the Polish American Cultural Center, Troy, starting at 6:30PM with a reception. A recent (2016) recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor, Retired U.S. Army Lt. Colonel Charles Kettles, will be the keynote speaker and share his insights on aviation and ground combat experienced as a Vietnam helicopter pilot. "This colorful event is filled with military traditions, music and pageantry," said LTC. Charles Thornell, U.S. Army Retired, the Chair of this year's event. "The 126th Army Band will perform military and dance music; a Scottish piper in full regalia will pipe in the color guard; and vibrant military dress uniforms of the American and Canadian forces will be worn. A four-course dinner will be enjoyed by all." For more info visit their website, call John at 313-610-5600, or see flyer.

"Saturday, May 13, 2017" Mt Clemens Amvets Post 29 is hosting a luncheon and memorial service for the families of our fallen military from Noon till 3PM, so they are reaching out to all Gold Star Mothers. Post is located at 1 Amvets Drive, Mt. Clemens. Lunch is a donation of $5. For more info call them at 586-469-9669 or see flyer.

"Saturday, May 13, 2017" The Southfield Veterans' Commission is holding its annual veteran benefit seminar, 8AM till 1PM, at Southfield City Hall, 26000 Evergreen, Southfield (Parks & Rec entrance). Learn the latest in veteran benefits. See flyer for more details. This is open to everyone and is free.

"Saturday, May 13, 2017" The Blue Star Mothers are holding their annual 5K run/walk for fun at the St. Clair Middle School, 4335 Yankee Rd, St. Clair, starting at 9AM. $25 registration by 4/29. For more info call Lori at 810-300-1729 or see flyer. Proceeds to purchase two Angel Bikes for local wounded veterans.

"Saturday, May 13, 2017" The Rochester-Oakland Cadet Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol is having an honor ceremony starting at 8:30AM at Stoney Creek High School, 575 E Tienken Rd, Rochester Hills. This is free and open to the public. For more info see flyer.

"Saturday, May 13, 2017" The Detroit Wolverine Chapter 67 of the Women's Army Corps Veterans Association is hosting their 75th anniversary scholarship dinner dance from 6:30PM till 11PM at Lyskawa-Tutro VFW 7546, 6828 Waverly, Dearborn Hgts. Featuring Ben's Friends Big Band with guest Joan Crawford. Donation of $30 per person is requested. For more info call 313-863-9714 or see flyer.

"Monday, May 15, 2017 (SOLD OUT)" The Michigan Air Force Association & the AFA Selfridge Chapter 129 are hosting a birthday bash dinner to celebrate the 100th birthday of Selfridge and the 70th birthday of the US Air Force. Dinner will be held at Twin Lakes Golf & Swim Club, 455 Twin Lakes Dr, Oakland Twp, starting at 6PM, ending at 10. Guest speaker will be General John Slocum of Selfridge. For tickets call 248-930-6420 or see flyer for more info. (SOLD OUT)

"Monday, May 15, 2017 (NEW)" The Detroit VA Hosptial is hosting a veterans Town Hall meeting for all vets from 10AM till 11:30 AM in the Auditorium, 4646 John R, Detroit. All are welcome to express their views.

"Wednesday, May 17, 2017" The monthly meeting of Veterans in Business will take place at the Level 1 Bank, 37100 Woodward, Bloomfield Twp, starting with a lunch at 11:30AM. This week's topic is why business insurance is important. For more info call Randy at 248-930-6420 or see flyer.

"Wednesday, May 17, 2017 (NEW)" Granite City Food & Brewery, 39603 Traditions Dr, Northville, is giving 10% of your total tab to the airport Freedom Center, from 5 till 9PM! This is an all day event, just say Freedom Center when ordering.

"Thursday, May 18, 2017" Women supporting Womwn Vets is hosting a Charity Night with Celebrity Bartenders, featuring Renee Chodkowski from the Great Foodini. Event will take place at the Downtown Main Martini Bar & Grille, 201 W Main, Brighton, from 7 till 9PM. For more info see flyer.

"Friday, May 19, 2017" Operation Injured Soldiers is hosting its 8th annual golf outing at the Links of Novi, 50395 10 Mile, Novi, starting at 8:30AM. $112.50 per golfer includes lunch, steak dinner. For more info call 248-437-3130 or see flyer.

"Saturday, May 20, 2017" CTK Veterans Ministry is holding a 10K run, 5K run/walk, 2K kids run, at Christ the King Church in Oxford. For more info and to register see their website. Also see flyer.

"Saturday, May 20, 2017" Northville High School will hosting their annual Armed Forces Day to raise money for various veteran groups. This is a free event kicking off with a 5K run (see info flyer on run), military vehicles, then baseball at 11AM. See flyer for more info.

"Saturday, May 20, 2017" The Steam Railroading Institute is hosting a World War 1 Centennial & Veterans Tribute Train. Train will depart Mt. Pleasant for a 3 hour train ride on historic #1225, the Polar Express, and visit veteran sites in Cadillac, etc. For more info and tickets see flyer.

"Monday, May 22, 2017" The Military LPGA Pro-Am Valor Cup Golf Outing will take place at the golf course at Selfridge starting at 11AM. All women veterans are encouraged to attend and I believe it is free for them! For complete info call 734-707-0789 or see flyer.

"Monday to Saturday, May 22-28, 2017" The LPGA Volvik Championship is at the Travis Pointe Country Club, Ann Arbor, again this year - May 22 thru 28. DTE Energy sponsors free tickets for current and former military members and one guest. There is also a grandstand and other amenities for vets. Go to Tickets-Volvik Championship for more info.

"Tuesday, May 23, 2017" Soldier Angels is again hosting a Mobile Food Distribution at the American Legion, 19486 Sherwood, Detroit, from 12 till 2PM. You must register in advance at 210-629-0020. See flyer for more info.
--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 328 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member


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