WarrenJuly 20, 2012
Warren to honor vets with ties to city
By Brian Louwers
C & G Staff Writer
WARREN — Warren again plans to reach out to honor veterans with ties to the city — this time, all of them at once, during a one-day special event.
Under Warren Mayor Jim Fouts, the city’s veterans of World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War were honored with special events at City Hall.
On July 28, all veterans of the U.S. military who reside in Warren or have family that live here will be honored during a special ceremony at the Warren Community Center, on Arden, south of 14 Mile and west of Mound.
The ceremony, scheduled for 3 p.m., will cap a day of activities at the Community Center. There will be a display of military weapons and artifacts from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., presented by the Arsenal of Democracy Museum. Veterans and their family members are also invited to use the Community Center’s recreational facilities during its normal hours of 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Veterans attending the ceremony are encouraged to share photos and memorabilia, and to wear their military uniforms. They’re also encouraged to display any artifacts they might have.
“Originally we were going to salute just the veterans of the Gulf War. We decided it would be appropriate to salute all of them,” Warren Mayor Jim Fouts said last week. “This is kind of a culmination of all the events. It just seems appropriate.”
Warren honored the city’s veterans of the Vietnam War last May.
In November 2010, Warren honored veterans of the Korean War, six months after the city commemorated the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II with an event for 263 veterans.
In June 2009, the city hosted World War II veterans for an event commemorating the 65th anniversary of the D-Day landings in France.
The full schedule of activities for veterans will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. July 28.
A blood drive benefiting the American Red Cross will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There will be live music featuring the Acoustic Brothers from noon to 3 p.m.
The ceremony honoring all veterans will begin at 3 p.m. Veterans are asked to register in advance if they wish to be recognized at the ceremony.
Prizes will be awarded to the oldest and youngest veterans.
To register yourself or another veteran to be honored, call (586) 574-4520.
To register a military artifact for display, call (586) 258-2056.
Warren residents are invited to enjoy free admission to the water park at the Warren Community Center all day on July 28. Wristbands will be given to Warren residents in one-hour increments for free admission.
For more information, call (586) 268-8400.
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