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Media Alert: Michigan Veteran Homes at Grand Rapids to Raise Flag, Dedicate New Flagpole for Veterans

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Veteran Homes at Grand Rapids (MVHGR) will raise the American flag at a ceremony dedicating a new 100 ft. flagpole at 2:00 p.m. on May 13, 2022 at 2950 Monroe Avenue, NE, Grand Rapids. Nearly $30,000 was raised to purchase the flagpole and included generous donations by the American Legion Department of Michigan, Dematic Employee Association, Linda Vos-Graham and Kenneth Graham, Sons of the American Legion Squadron #28, Finish the Mission Veterans Relief Fund, AMVETS #23 Auxiliary, VFW Post #8303, American Legion Posts, Auxiliaries and Riders (Post #6, Post #152, Post #208, Post #258, Post #305, Post #356, Post #376, Post #451) and friends and family of the home.

Remarks will be led by Richard T. Dubay, a U.S. Air Force veteran and department commander of the American Legion, Department of Michigan; Eric Nelson, a Navy veteran and commander of the United Veterans Council of Kent County; Bruce Kalish, chaplain of Michigan Veteran Homes at Grand Rapids; and Lee Walton, a U.S. Air Force veteran, resident member and president of the MVHGR Member Council. The ceremony will include a posting of the colors by the Union High School JROTC Color Guard. 

The event is open to the public and all visitors are required to follow COVID-19 protocols on-site. Media are invited to attend to capture the raising of the flag and dedication of the flagpole. Media should plan to be in place at the entrance to the home no later than 1:45 p.m. and RSVP to Michael Kroll at 517-285-9734 or krollm2@michigan.gov.