On Veterans Day, November 11, we honor and thank the service and sacrifice of all those who have served the country in times of war or peace. The following Veterans Day events are taking place in Oakland County:
• The Birmingham Veterans Day Ceremony will be co-hosted by the Piety Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the City of Birmingham at 11am on Friday, November 11, at the Civil War and WWII Monuments in Shain Park, opposite Birmingham City Hall. The program includes a DAR wreath laying ceremony with the Birmingham Police Department Honor Guard. Frank Stasa III is the featured piper, Lynn Hoellars Popa will play Taps and Oakland Composite Squadron color guard Civil Air Patrol will show the colors. For more information, call Deb Harrington at 248-505-2306 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• The Farmington Hills Veterans Celebration will be held November 11 at 11:00 am at the Costick Center, 28600 W. Eleven Mile Road. This annual event salutes all veterans who served their country and those who loved them. It includes an honor guard ceremony, recitation of veterans’ names and a special luncheon. Veterans who live in Farmington/Farmington Hills can attend for free, but must pre-register at the Costick Center front desk or by calling 248-473-1830 by Nov. 3. www.fhgov.com.
• True Rest Float Spa to host free float sessions for active duty military, reservists and/or veterans on Veterans Day, November 11th. Each flotation therapy session lasts 60 minutes. Interested U.S. military members (active duty, reservists or veterans), call a participating spa and mention they are eligible over the phone and provide military ID or their DD 214 form on the day of the appointment. Limited appointments are available. The location at 30911 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills participates. For more information, call (248) 702-6805 or visit www.truerest.com.
• The Veterans Day Ceremony will be held November 11 at 11:00 a.m. at the Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road, Holly. The ceremony will include patriotic music, the presentation of the colors, a rifle salute and tap dancing. Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and POW/MIA will present a wreath. For more information, call 866-348-8603.
The Veterans Day Ceremony in memory of Orion Veterans will be held Friday, November 11 at 7 p.m. at the Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion. The keynote speaker is Doug “Odie” Slocum, Founder and CEO of Slocum Group, LLC, retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General. Program includes posting and removal of colors by VFW Post 334 Honor Guard, invocation and blessing by VFW Post 334 Chaplain Jim Muys, Pledge of Allegiance by Dr. Joe Mastromatteo, placement of wreath by VFW Post 334 members, remarks and patriotic music by Lee Smith and tap dancing will be played. For more information, call Toni Watros at 248-834-3180.
• Texas Roadhouse restaurants invite veterans and active military members to a free “thank you meal”; 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Nov. 11 at Texas Roadhouse restaurants in the area, including 29485 John R. Road in Madison Heights. For more information, visit www.texasroadhouse.com.
• The America-Michigan Paralyzed Veterans Chapter is hosting its virtual Run, Walk, Roll Veterans Tribute event from November 4-18. Participants will have the option to select a 1 mile, 2 mile, 5 km or 10 km race. The cost for participants is a flat rate of $40. To register, visit www.michiganpva.org/support/online.
• Vietnamese Navy Veteran Allen Bialek will give a presentation of the Veterans Salute from 3:30-5 p.m. and 7-8 p.m. on Friday, November 11 at the Novi Police Training Center, 45125 Ten Mile Road, behind the police station. The event is free. For more information, call 248-760-6242 or email email@example.com.
• Free admission to Oakland County Parks Park is offered on Veterans Day, November 11th. Visitors can enjoy free daily park admission with access to nature areas, trails, dog parks and park facilities at Addison Oaks County Park, Highland Oaks County Park, Independence Oaks County Park, Lyon Oaks County Park and Lyon Oaks Dog Park, Orion Oaks County Park, Orion Oaks Dog Park, Red Oaks Dog Park, and Rose Oaks County Park. Park hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset, or as designated by the park. For more information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. Oakland County veterans are now eligible for a free annual vehicle permit, visit www.oakgov.com/parks/shop/Pages/Free-AVP.aspx.
• In honor of Veterans Day, TEAM Schostak family restaurants across Michigan, including Applebee’s, Olga’s Kitchen, MOD Pizza and Del Taco, will be offering free meals to veterans and active military personnel, must present proof of service, such as a U.S. Uniform Services ID. Card, a photo of him/her in military uniform or wearing his/her military uniform at the restaurant. For locations, visit www.teamschostak.com.
• The Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township will host a Veterans Day Ceremony at 4:30 pm on November 11 at 5236 Adams Road, (Adams and Silverbell Road), Oakland Township. For more information, visit www.vtotmi.org.
• Ortonville VFW Post 582 to lay a wreath at the Veterans Monument in Ortonville Cemetery at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 2 at 175 N. Ortonville Road, M-15. For more information, call Cmdr. Dennis Hoffman 248-736-4104.
• Lakepoint Community Church will host a Veterans Dinner at 4:00 pm Saturday, November 12 at 1550 W. Drahner Road. Oxford. Veteran and a guest. Advance registration required by calling Bob Bosch at 248-417-2451.
• Rochester American Legion Auxiliary Post 172 will be hosting a free Veterans Day Breakfast, 7-9 a.m., Friday, November 11, at the Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow St., Rochester . Veterans and the public are invited. For more information, call Terri Williams at 248-651-8137.
• The Veterans Day Ceremony will take place from 11 am to noon on Friday, November 11 at Veterans Memorial Pointe, 1015 S Livernois Road, Rochester Hills. For more information, visit Rochesterhills.org.
• The Royal Oak Veterans Day Service is at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, at the Royal Oak War Memorial at Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza in Centennial Commons (Troy and Second Streets). For more information, visit www.romi.gov/492/Veterans-Events-Committee.
• The annual Royal Oak March 22 Ruck will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, November 5 at the Royal Oak War Memorial at Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza at Centennial Commons to raise awareness of the issue of veteran suicide. All personal items and food collected will be donated to Vietnam Veterans Chapter 154 to be used to support veterans and their families. All funds will be donated to local organizations that support vets in need. Admission is $22 for adults; free for active and retired
servicemen and children 10 and under. For more information, including a list of suggested items to carry in a backpack or rucksack and
to register, go to romi.gov/ruck22.
• A Veterans Day Ceremony will be held November 11 at 11:00 am at Troy Veterans Plaza, in front of Troy City Hall, 500 W Big Beaver, Troy. The program will include the raising of the colours, the gun salute and the slamming of the Troy Police Honor Guard as well as the laying of the memorial wreath at the Veterans Monument. Music will be provided by the Heritage Concert Band of Troy. The keynote speaker is U.S. Air Force Master Sergeant Julia L. Nobles. The public is invited to bring individual flowers, bouquets, small flags and other appropriate keepsakes to be placed on the Walk of Honor or at the base of the Veterans Monument in honor of a loved one or all veterans. For more information, call 248-524-1147 or visit troymi.gov.
WEST BLOOMFIELD TWP.
• The Hero Appreciation Breakfast will be held Nov. 8 from 9:00-10:30 a.m. at West Bloomfield Middle School, 3380 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield, in honor of veterans. The event includes a presentation by the West Bloomfield Honor Guard, a guest speaker and live entertainment. Veterans and one guest attend for free. Registration required by October 30, call 248-451-1900 or visit registration.wbparks.org.
The Oakland Press covers all veteran events in Oakland County. Please send the information in the body of an email with the subject “Veterans Affairs” to Sharon Longman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Allow two weeks notice for scheduled events and include a phone number readers can call for more information.