Introduction to the Veterans Day Commission
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 2012
On August 13, 2012 the office of Mayor Virg Bernero received formal notification from the Office of Veterans Affairs in Washington, D.C. that Ingham County, Michigan has been selected as a Regional Site for the celebration of Veterans Day 2012. The observance in Lansing is one of 62 Regional Sites designated nationwide.
Secretary of Veterans Affairs, Eric K. Shinseki will notify Governor Snyder of the selection and encourage support for the Veterans Day activities. The Department of Defense will be requested to provide military liaison officers, where available, to help support the event. In addition, at our request, a message from Secretary of Veterans Affairs will be provided for inclusion in the event program.
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 complete this privacy release form. You will need also to provide some details to move forward by contacting: