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The City of Lansing, together with the Metro Lansing Veterans Commission, will sponsor the annual Veterans Day observance on Saturday, November 11th at Lansing Catholic High School, located at 501 Marshall Street in Lansing. The event is free and open to the public.
The event begins with a complimentary breakfast from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the school’s café area. Exhibit tables will be on site, with participation from service dog trainees, Blue Star Families and veterans service organizations. The Veterans Day Ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. in the auditorium.
The keynote speaker is Douglas Szczepanski, Jr., an Iraq War Purple Heart Recipient, Inspirational Speaker and Minister with the non-profit organization, Miracle Soldier Inc. Growing up in mid-Michigan, Douglas joined the Michigan Army National Guard in 2001 as a Field Artilleryman as a senior in high school, the same year of the September 11th terrorist attacks. His Army National Guard unit was deployed as C182 Military Police (SECFOR) unit in Oct 2004. In January 2005, after being sent to Baghdad, Iraq and serving as his Company Commander’s gunner he was severely wounded on the day of September 15th, 2005 by a suicide car bomber.
The ceremony will also feature Color Guard, musical performances by the Lansing Catholic Choir, Lansing Eastern High School Band, Glen Erin Pipe Band and vocalist Mary Black Junttonen.
This marks the eighth consecutive year that the Lansing event has been recognized as a regional site location by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Ms. Sheri Jones is our 2017 Master of Ceremonies.