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Posted on Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 5:57 a.m.

Roundup of Washtenaw County Veterans Day events

By Julie Baker

Veterans Day is observed on Nov. 11 every year, and many area organizations are planning events to mark the day.

Here are some that are planned Friday and Saturday throughout the area:



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Milan Veterans Wall Dedication Ceremony, 5:30 p.m. Friday at Wilson Park, 89 Wabash St., Milan. The emcee that evening will be Lucy Ann Lance of WLBY radio. The keynote speaker will be Lt. Col. Michael Wise, US Army and Eastern Michigan University professor of Military Sciences. Many local service groups will be participating in honor of our local veterans and servicemen/women. The Saline New Horizons Band will provide the music that evening. A light reception will follow at the Milan Senior/Community Activity Center on Neckel Court. Click here for more information.

Concordia University Ann Arbor, Veterans Day events — including presentations, an Air Force flyover and a flag raising — start at 10:15 a.m. at the campus. Click here for more information.

Arlington Michigan Display, 11 a.m. to dusk, Veterans Park, 2150 Jackson Ave., Ann Arbor. Veterans Day memorial display of 212 crosses, one for every Michigan soldier lost in the Afghanistan and Iraq wars. There will be a peace ceremony at 11 a.m. The event is sponsored by Veterans For Peace Chapter 93. Click here for more information.

The University of Michigan is holding a full slate of events, including panel discussions, a military appreciation lunch, movie showings and more. The events start at 8:30 a.m. with the raising of the flag at the Diag. Click here for a full schedule of events.

The VA Ann Arbor Healthcare System is having its annual Veterans Day Celebration at 9:30 a.m. in the main circlular drive at the VA Ann Arbor Medical Center, 2215 Fuller Road, Ann Arbor. Click here for more information on Veterans Day.

The American Legion Post 282 will dedicate its post home, 100 Ecorse in Ypsilanti, during a ceremony at 7 p.m. The ceremony will include many speakers, a building dedication, prayers and a time of silence. Leaders purchased the building several months ago, and Friday's dedication will mark a formal opening for the post.


University of Michigan Army-Navy Wheelchair Basketball game, 1 p.m at Saline High School, 1300 Campus Parkway, in Saline. The game, which is free to attend and open to the public, will feature official wheelchair basketball players, U-M and Eastern Michigan University student veterans, U-M ROTC students and other veterans in the community. It's part of U-M's Investing in Ability Week. Prior to the game, a police and military motorcade will provide transportation for participants and spectators to and from the game. The motorcade, which includes free public, wheelchair accessible buses, will leave the Michigan Union, 530 S. State St., at 12:10 p.m. and arrive at Saline High School at 12:30 p.m. Click here for more information.

Planning a Veterans Day event not listed here? Post the details in the comments, or email us at, and we'll add it to our roundup.


Lou Perry

Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 2:44 p.m.

The Ann Arbor VA Hospital is ranked #3 in the country. ALL physicians are U of M doctors. Nurses and technical folk are ranked much more satisfied in there job than U of M staff. Suggest you visit the facility. Player piano in lobby along with a Starbucks. Visit some veterans and maybe volunteer. I am a Vietnam vet against wars.


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 2:33 p.m.

OMG!! Assault rifles!!!! And on a more serious note, thank you ladies and gentlemen for all of your services. INCLUDING those of our local safety services. May whatever higher power you believe in bless you for your sacrifices.


Thu, Nov 10, 2011 : 11:38 a.m.

God Bless each and every man and woman who has served our country throughout the years. And, may those still in harms way come home soon.