Veterans Day Commission

Photo: Mayor Bernero at Podium
2016 Veterans Poster -2016 v2

Join us for a Veterans Day Tribute 

Saturday,  November 5th, 2016, at Pattengill Middle School, 626 Marshall St., Lansing.

8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m Breakfast & Exhibits

10:30 a.m. Ceremony of Tribute with Massing of the Colors

For more information and the latest details around the event please visit the Veterans Day Commission Facebook page.


2016 Keynote Speaker: Jefferson Keel, Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation


Jefferson Keel, Lieutenant Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, is a retired U.S. Army officer with over 20 years active duty service.  His combat experience included three years of service in Viet Nam as an Infantryman, where he received the Bronze Star with “V” for valor, two purple hearts and numerous other awards and decorations for heroism.  Lt. Governor Keel has always proven himself as an effective leader.  He is a former Airborne Ranger, and served as an instructor in the elite US Army Rangers.  As an Infantry platoon sergeant and platoon leader, he gained valuable and extensive leadership and management experience.

Lt. Governor Keel has a Bachelor’s degree from East Central University and a Master of Science degree from Troy University.  He also completed post graduate studies at East Central and East Texas Universities.  He has management experience in the private sector and tribal programs and operations.  He is extremely proud of his Native American heritage and often assists other tribes and groups in cultural and historic preservation activities.  Lt. Governor Keel is firmly committed to the service of Indian people and actively supports their desire to become self-reliant.  The welfare of the Chickasaw people is his first priority.  He is keenly aware of the roles and responsibilities expected of tribal leaders and earnestly believes in the policy of “helping our people through honorable public service.”  

A highly respected tribal leader, Lt. Governor Keel is serving his second term as the President of the National Congress of American Indians, the nation’s oldest and largest tribal organization.  

The Veterans Day Commission has been organized to develop our region’s annual Veterans Day tribute event each November. The Commission will plan, fund and stage the Veterans Day event with the purpose of paying honor to America’s service men and women. Our goal is to ensure quality and continuity of the observance as the highlight of regional and state Veterans Day tribute programs.

As representatives for the region, the Veterans Day Commission will provide autonomous and responsible oversight. The Commission’s goal includes providing excellence in the public ceremonial and educational aspects of Veterans Day. Commission members are volunteers drawn from key institutions, including: military service branches and reserves, veterans’ organizations, education, community and business leaders, and government representatives.

The U.S. Military consists of five active-duty Services and their respective Guard and Reserve units. All branches are equal parts of the United States Uniformed Services, headed by the president as commander in chief. The Army, Marine Corps, Navy and Air Force fall under the jurisdiction of the Department of Defense (DoD). The Coast Guard reports to the Department of Homeland Security during peacetime and to the DoD (by way of the Navy) during wartime.

Reserve and National Guard units perform as active-duty service members on a part-time basis. These troops train close to home, deploying when needed to aid in international conflict or domestic disaster relief.

Regional Site for the Observance of Veterans Day 2016
The Office of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. each year, Lansing, Michigan has been selected as a Regional Site for the celebration of Veterans Day. The annual observance in Lansing is one of 62 Regional Sites designated nationwide.

If you are a Veteran of the United States military service, and need to receive or replace lost medals awarded to you for military service, please contact

Joseph R. Riker
Veteran Case Worker and Outreach
Congressman Mike Bishop (MI-08)
Office (810) 227-8600
Fax (810) 227-8628

Lansing Mayor's Office - 517-483-4141

Joe McDonald, Outreach Specialist, Office of Mayor Bernero 
Martha Fujita, Special Assistant/Protocol, Office of Mayor Bernero