The Walled Lake Central and Walled Lake Northern High School football teams honored military personnel, veterans and first responders at their annual “Salute to Service” game on October 15th.
Over 75 first responders and military men and women were recognized, as players from each school wore jerseys in their honor. After the match, the players presented their match shirts to each of the honorees. All donations received went to Military Families United of Michigan.
Military Families United of Michigan is part of a national coalition of Blue Star, Gold Star, Next of Kin, Veterans and Patriotic American Families whose mission is to honor the dead, support those in battle and serve their families.
The Salute to Service game started in 2014. Robert Smiley of Walled Lake Central and Steve Hubbard of Walled Lake Northern picked up the event from Mark Midgley, former Walled Lake Central booster in 2017.
“The Lake District community loves this event,” said Robert Smiley. “It gives us the opportunity to show how proud we are of our military and our first responders. They have done so much for us. We just want them to know how much we love and appreciate them.
If you would like to get involved in the annual Salute to Service game, contact Robert Smiley at [email protected]
The Town of Royal Oak hosts the annual Ruck on March 22
The Town of Royal Oak’s annual Ruck on March 22 is at 10 a.m. on Saturday November 6 at VFW Acorn Post 1669, 214 E 4th St. The March 22 Ruck is held on the Saturday before Veterans Day to raise awareness of the issue. current veteran suicide.
“We are running a 2.2 mile ‘ruck walk’ through town where each participant carries either 22 pounds of donation items or 22 items in total,” said Royal Oak Veterans Committee Chairman David London.
“These items are collected at the end point and the food and clothing items are sent to a distribution center which is then sent to help needy and homeless veterans and their families in Southeast Michigan. All money raised through registration goes to the John D. Dingell VA Medical Center in Detroit, specifically to support veteran mental health programs and suicide prevention. We do all of this because over the past decades, an average of 22 Veterans kill themselves every day.
Those who register through the site can choose to receive a Ruck 22 beanie or commemorative plaques.
“Thanks to a generous donation from the Henry Ford Health System, students can walk for free this year and still receive Ruck 22 ID plates. We are asking their parents to register separately as noted on the site. Henry Ford paid for students of all ages to walk. Every year we try to hire young people who have virtually no connection to the military, unlike previous generations. David London served in the United States Army from 1992 to 1996 with the 1-101st Aviation Regiment, 101st Airborne Division stationed at Fort. Campbell, Kentucky.
London said he serves because for most people it’s a commitment that continues after their official military service. “I help with whatever I can,” said London. “I find different ways to serve and give back. Because I served in peacetime, not in combat, I feel much more motivated to serve other veterans who are in desperate need of help.
Events to come
• Milford American Legion Post 216 will host a free Veterans Resource Fair from 9 am to noon on Thursday, November 4 at 510 Commerce Street. including boxes of free non-perishable food. The Michigan Veterans Agency will be offering $ 100 Meijer gift cards while supplies last. Oakland County Veterans Services provides information and claims assistance regarding a wide range of benefits available to veterans and their dependents. Registration required at AdvantageOakland.eventbrite.com.
• Waterford Heart of the Lakes VFW Post 1008 will host the Stardusters Big Band at 7pm on Saturday November 6th at 1690 Airport Road. The message read: “The music is back on the job as the Stardusters return to perform their big band sound. Join us to dance or just sit back and enjoy the music.
The donation is $ 10 at the door. For more information, call 248-674-2826.
• Oakland Community College Student Veterans of America with Gleaners and the American Legion to organize a free food gift for all veterans, active duty, guard and
reserves and their families. 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday, November 8 at Auburn Hills Campus, Parking Lot 1, 2900 Featherstone Road. Register in advance with Eventbrite at bit.ly/30L0sva. For more information, email Jeff Arnold [email protected] or call 248-232-4337.
• Clarkston American Legion Station 63 will be hosting the Veterans’ Thank You Luncheon at noon on Thursday, November 11 at 8047 Ortonville Road. Local veterans and their spouses eat free, additional meals of $ 7 each. Register now at 248-625-8231 after 4 p.m.
• The Rochester Hills Museum at Van Hoosen Farm will host a Veterans Day program from 7 pm to 8 pm on Thursday, November 11 at 1005 Van Hoosen Road, near Tienken Road between Rochester and Dequindre Roads. Local historian Jim Craft will present “The US Army in Normandy from Omaha Beach to Falaise Gap”. The event is free for veterans and museum members, $ 8 adult public, $ 5 senior / student public. Register on www.rochesterhills.org/musprograms and visit www.rochesterhills.org/museum for more information.
The Oakland Press is interested in all Oakland County Veteran’s events. Please send the information in the body of an email with the subject line “Veterans” to Sharon Longman at [email protected] Allow two weeks’ notice for scheduled events and include a phone number readers can call for more information.