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Michigan to honor its nearly 600,000 veterans

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As Veterans Day approaches, the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA) will recognize the many faces of today’s veteran with three special events next week.

The Veterans Recognition Ceremonies – in Lansing and Marquette on Nov. 7 and Grosse Pointe Farms on Nov. 8 – will honor student veterans, women veterans, Vietnam veterans – and all of the nearly 600,000 veterans in Michigan. The ceremonies are free and open to everyone.

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, who will speak at Thursday’s event at the Capitol, noted that Michigan’s veteran population continues to evolve. Over the next 25 years, Gulf War veterans will overtake Vietnam veterans as the largest contingent of veterans in the state, for example, while the proportion of women veterans will double.

“Michigan veterans represent all ages, genders, races, eras of conflict and branches of service,” Whitmer said. “Whether you’re a recent law school graduate who survived being a POW, a mother of three who proudly served her country in Afghanistan or an active-duty veteran who continues serving in the National Guard, we owe all veterans our deepest gratitude for their service and sacrifices.”

Maj. Gen. Paul D. Rogers, director of the Department of Military and Veterans Affairs (DMVA), said Michigan embraces the belief that those who serve our state and nation in the armed forces serve as members for life.

“Our commitment to these brave men and women starts the day they take their oath,” Rogers said. “We provide them with comprehensive support after their service and ensure their long-term needs are met with dignity and that their loved ones are supported in their time of need.”

Zaneta Adams, director of the Military Veterans Affairs Agency (MVAA), noted that the agency is committed to connecting veterans to the services and benefits they earned for their service.

“Our commitment is owed to our veterans 24/7, 365 days a year,” Adams said. “As the central resource agency for all Michigan veterans and their families, the MVAA is dedicated to supporting veterans from all walks of life, through all phases of their life.”

Here is a schedule of the Veterans Recognition Ceremonies:
  • 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Michigan State Capitol Rotunda in downtown Lansing.
  • 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, at the Northern Center at Northern Michigan University in Marquette.
  • 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial in Grosse Pointe Farms.
The events should last about an hour. No registration is required. For more information, call Oke Agahro, MVAA’s Public Affairs Officer, at 517-284-5236.