#Veteran Events & Announcements 11/2 to 11/16

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 November) 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:


"Adopt a Military Family" There are many Military families that struggle through the holiday season. Selfridge Adopt-A-Military Family Christmas Program allows donors to adopt a military family in need during the holidays. For more info on what you can do see their flyer.
"Holiday Deployed Troop Packing" The Women Marines Association, MI-2 Motor City Chapter, is collecting numerous items to pack and ship to our deployed troops this holiday season. The flyer lists the items they could use, drop off points, and other ways you can help.

"Saturday, November 4, 2017 " Christ the King Church, Bob ten Bosch, 1550 W Drahner Rd, Oxford, will be offering another of his Vet Benefits Town Hall series. Speakers include people from the VA, MCAA, and Agent Orange advocates. From 9 till 11:30AM. For more info contact Bob at 248-417-2451 or see flyer.
"Sunday, November 5, 2017 (Update)" Make sure you have Sunday, November 5, 2017 penciled in to attend, and participate in, the 12th annual Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Day parade. We have the latest 2017 Medal of Honor recipient, from Michigan; Army Vietnam Veteran Jim McLoughan coming as a ''Veteran of Honor''. We also have an invitation to LTC Charles Kettles, Medal of Honor recipient from 2016, also from Michigan, to attend. He was not able to attend last year, due to medical problems. We also have an invitation to a 3rd Medal of Honor recipient, USMC, Korean Veteran, Robert Siminek, also from Michigan, to attend. I'm hopeful all three can be there. When was the last time anyone ever saw three (3) MoH recipients at the same time ????? I have a 2-25 person Honor Guard coming from Jonesville MI, a south central MI town, population 3,000. They have to be seen to be appreciated. We will also be doing the 4 mile run (to register for the run goto www.armedservicessalute.com), and VetsFest, again. The run, our first, was a big success, and expect to at least double the number of runners this year. Last year, we had more Veteran Service Organization Officers than ever before. We will top that this year. We had almost 800 motorcycles leading off the parade last year. We may have a ''surprise ''Ride Captain'' this year. I will be contacting the US Coast Guard Station regarding their participation, as well as other active duty Military units..... So, spread the word, be ready to come. Our website, at www.detroitveteransdayparade.org is being updated constantly. Register on-line. Feel free to contact Willy, e-mail, or phone at (248) 569-0824 if you have any questions. ALSO starting at 11AM at Hart Plaza will be Vet Fest with food & refreshments, music, and Vet Services Expo. For more info on the run and vet fest see flyer.
"Sunday, November 5, 2017 " The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is presenting "Forsaken Angels: A US Army Hospital from Chicago in World War 1" Admission by donation at the museum, 16600 Stephens Rd, Eastpointe, starting at 2PM. For more info see flyer.
"Sunday, November 5, 2017 " The Desert Angels will host a packing party for the troops overseas at the Knights of Columbus Decarlo's Banquet, E 10 Mile, Warren from 1 till 4 PM. Visit their website for items needed.
"Monday, Tuesday & Wednesday, November 6, 7 & 8, 2017 (NEW)" The Burn Pits, a free documentary explore Toxic Exposure & effects of Burn Pits in the Afghanistan & Iraq Wars. This is a free movie at the Phoenix Theaters at the following theaters & times: 11/6 - Livonia 2 & 7PM, 11/7 - Wayne 2 & 7 PM, & 11/8 - Monroe 2 & 7PM. For more info see flyer.
"Tuesday & Wednesday, November 7 & 8, 2017" The 12th annual Veteran Business Matchmaking & vets night out will take place at the Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center. Network, meet with corporations & government buyers, lunch both days, etc. For tickets visit www.nvbdc.org, call 888-certified, or see flyer.
"Friday, November 10, 2017 " The Detroit Pistons & Hoops for Troop's hosting a active duty Career Fair at the new Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, from 10 AM till 3PM. Attending the fair gets you free tickets to the game against Atlanta. You must register in advance at www.pistons.com/militarycareerfair. See flyer for more info.
"Veteran Day Events"
  • Note: Numerous places offer either fee meals, or large discounts, to vets on Veterans Day. Too many to list here! For a complete list visit the Military Wallet.
  • "Friday, November 10, 2017 " The Michigan Paralyzed Veterans of America is hosting its annual Salute to Veterans Gala, 6 till 9PM, at the Suburban Showplace, 46100 Grand River, Novi. Master of Ceremonies is Rich Luterman from Fox 2 News. For complete info on the dinner or auction call them at 248-476-9000 or see flyer.
  • "Friday, November 10, 2017" The Michigan Science Center, 5020 John R, Detroit, is offering free admission starting at Noon with a Color Guard at 2PM, and special presentations honoring all the branches of service. For more info see flyer.
    "Friday, November 10, 2017 " The Troy VFW Post 4037, 2375 E Maple, Troy, from 4 till 8PM, is hosting a combined Marine Corps Birthday Party & Pig Roast at there post. For more info call Gunny at 248-515-5883 or see flyer.
  • "Friday, November 10, 2017" Welcome Missionary Church, 143 Oneida, Pontiac, will host a Female Vet Forum from 9AM till 4PM. For more info call 248-515-0081 or see flyer.
  • "Saturday, November 11, 2017" A Salute to Veterans concert will take place at the Green Door, 2005 E Michigan, Lansing, starting at 8PM. The Larry McGray Band will be playing featuring David Winans. Music from the Vietnam War (64-75) will be featured.
    "Saturday, November 11, 2017" ABC Harley-Davidson, 4405 Highland Rd, Waterford, is hosting a free lunch for all veterans & special gifts, starting at 11AM & ending at 3PM. For more info see flyer
    "Saturday, November 11, 2017" The annual RUCK 2.2 fun run, walk, will start at 9AM in Royal Oak. This is to bring awareness to the 22 veterans that commit suicide everyday in this country. For complete info visit their website or see flyer.
    "Saturday, November 11, 2017" American Legion Post 72 & Leathernecks MC Whiskey-Alpha, is hosting their annual CSM Folsom benefit Veterans' Day event, 57581 Amvet Dr, New Haven. Horseshoe tournament, live music, dinner, etc. For more info see flyer.
  • "Saturday, November 11, 2017 (NEW)" All veterans are cordially invited to attend the Veterans Day ceremony in Shain Park, Birmingham, on Saturday, November 11 at 11:00 A.M., co-hosted by the Piety Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the City of Birmingham. State and City officials will be recognized during the program. Guest speaker will be U.S. Army veteran Patricia Drury. Following the posting of the colors and the program, veterans and participants are invited to the Baldwin Library for light refreshments. We look forward to seeing you at the ceremony.

  • "Saturday, November 11, 2017 (NEW)" Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154, will have refreshments and food for those wanting to stop by and see what the Vet Center does to help vets. 11AM till 5PM at 18025 15 Mile, Clinton Twp. See flyer for more info.
"Sunday, November 12, 2017 " The Michigan Military Technical & Historical Society is offering another in their lecture series on WWII, this time the music of WWII, presented by Stuart Johnson. St the museum, 16600 Stephens Rd, Eastpointe, starting at 2PM. Admission by donation. See flyer for more info.
"Monday, November 13, 2017 " The Wayne County Community College District, in cooperation of the US 14th District, is hosting a Veteran Community Forum, 8200 W Outer Dr, Detroit, from 11AM till 1PM. A number of service providers will be there. More info call Danny at 313-460-1719 or see flyer.
"Wednesday, November 15, 2017 " Doubletree by Hilton, Ford Rd & Southfield Rd, Detroit, is hosting a free Veteran Thanksgiving dinner brunch from 11AM till 2PM. You must call Mimi at 313-982-3983 for reservations. See flyer for more info.
"Wednesday, November 15, 2017 " The Airport Freedom Center, which has served over 400,000 active military & veterans since opening in 2011, with the help of Granite City Food & Brewery, is hosting a fund raiser for the center at all Granite City locations, all day long. You must bring a printed copy of the flyer for the Freedom Center to receive 10% of your total bill. Locations in Detroit (Renaissance Center), Northville, & Troy. Complete addresses are on the flyer.
"Wednesday, November 15, 2017 (NEW)" Veterans in Business will be hosting its monthly meeting at Level One Bank, 37100 Woodward, Bloomfield Twp, from 11:30AM till 1PM. Guest speaker will be Steven Beverly on Mental Health Basics in Biz. This is a free event. To register & more info see flyer.

--   Tim Wirkus  USAF 66-70  VFW 2645  Life Member  VVA 154 Life Member  DAV 19 Life Member  AM Legion 14 Member  Sfd Vet Commission Member


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