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Michigan Veteran Homes at Grand Rapids Volunteers to Plant 5K Flags in Cemetery to Honor Heroes

Award recipients stand on stage at the gala displaying their certificate

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Veteran Homes at Grand Rapids will be receiving assistance from local scout troops and community members to plant more than 5,000 flags at the gravesites of fallen heroes in the cemetery at 2950 Monroe Avenue NE, Grand Rapids on May 24, 2023 at 5 p.m. Refreshments and hot dogs will be served by the UPS Veteran Resource Group from 5 – 6 p.m.

The event is open to the public and media are invited to attend to capture the legacy flag-planting event and remarks by Tiffany Carr, community engagement coordinator for Michigan Veteran Homes. There will be a brief prayer led by Benjamin Hayes of Boy Scout Troop 1048 from Whitehall, a reciting of the scout promise by Dylan Donihue of Venture Crew 2146 from Hudsonville while Hannah Davis of Scout Troop 31 from Marne will lead the pledge of allegiance. The event will conclude with a final salute and a performance of Taps led by Rick Conklin, who as a former Boy Scout, participated in the annual event. The West Michigan Chapter of the Michigan State Society of the Sons of the American Revolution will be presenting the colors. Media should plan to be in place at the entrance to the cemetery no later than 5:45 p.m. Media are asked to RSVP to Michael Kroll at 517-285-9734 or