Lansing, Michigan – October 7, 2015 – Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall reminded residents that he is sponsoring an event honoring veterans of the Vietnam War era on the Capitol lawn tomorrow, Thursday, Oct. 8. Kowall encouraged his constituents and all interested Michiganders to attend.
“On behalf of the great state of Michigan, we are doing what should have been done decades ago: thanking and honoring our Vietnam veterans and their families for their service and sacrifice,” said Kowall, R-White Lake. “May it be a public ‘thank you’ and ‘welcome home’ for many who have waited too long to hear it.”
Kowall said the “Michigan Says Thanks” event will run from noon to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 8, on the lawn of the Michigan Capitol in Lansing. Twenty-five historical stations will be displayed on the north and south lawns for event attendees to visit.
Kowall will host a formal ceremony presentation from 12:30 to 1 p.m. to thank and honor Vietnam veterans. The presentation will include:
- Color guard and bagpipe procession
- National Anthem sung by Joanna Lauren
- Invocation by Larry Vollink, Veterans Affairs chaplain, Ann Arbor
- Guest Speaker: retired U.S. Army Capt. Jim Dunn, deputy director of the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency
- Vocal performance by Kelly Trudell
- Recognition of spouses of Vietnam veterans
- Wreath presentation by Daughters of the American Revolution
- Recognition of legislators who are veterans
- Closing prayer honoring those we’ve lost since their return from Vietnam
Visit www.MichiganSaysThanks.com for more information and to RSVP for the event.
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