Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
It’s going to be unlike any birthday party you’ve ever seen.
On Saturday, Camp Grayling -- the main training facility for the Michigan National Guard -- is celebrating its 100th birthday. Governor Rick Snyder will be joining in the celebration to honor the milestone and the men and women who serve in Michigan’s National Guard.
Camp Grayling, the nation's largest National Guard facility for air and ground combat training, is turning 100 years old. Gov. Rick Snyder and American Idol finalist Josh Gracin are among those expected to attend the camp's birthday celebration.
The 147,000-acre facility that spans parts of Crawford, Kalkaska and Otsego counties in the northern Lower Peninsula is open to the public on Saturday, July 20, for the event.
More than 4,000 Michigan servicemen and women are expected to take part in the free activities at the camp, headquartered just west of the city of Grayling.
“We’ve made a lot of improvements,” said Capt. Corissa Barton, Michigan Army National Guard deputy public affairs officer. “This is a good opportunity to share Camp Grayling with the community and show them what we do and our pride in the facility.”
The celebration will honor fallen Michigan soldiers during a morning ceremony featuring National Guard units passing in formation before Snyder and Michigan National Guard Adjutant Gen. Greg Vadnais.
Camp Grayling was founded in 1913 on a land grant to the state from lumber baron Rasmus Hanson, and since then every major conflict the United States has fought in has featured troops trained on those hallowed grounds.