Veterans Affairs

Michigan Vietnam Veteran's Traveling Memorial -




          The Kalkaska American Legion Post 480 and VFW Post 8684 express their heartfelt and sincere Thanks to the Members of Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 for bringing the Michigan Vietnam Veterans Traveling Memorial to Kalkaska August 16-18. 
          There was laughter, there were tears, but mostly there was honor and remembrances of the Michigan hometown heroes who paid the ultimate sacrifice in Vietnam and Southeast Asia.  
          The opening ceremony included the presentation of the Flag by The Young Marines, the playing of our National Anthem, and a reading by Village Manager Scott Yost about a real-life hero.  The ceremony concluded with the reading of the names of the 48 men from Michigan who are still missing from the Vietnam Conflict, and the tolling of a bell for each man.    The names were read and the bell tolled every hour through the closing ceremony on Saturday evening.  Members of Chapter 154 presented a Medal to three Kalkaska Gulf War Veterans, thanking them for their service.    The closing ceremony concluded with a 21-gun salute and the playing of Taps.
          Thank you to everyone in the community for your support and for coming out to honor and remember our fallen heroes.
         Special thanks go out to the following for their participation in the weekend events: 
Kalkaska DDA President Cash Cook ~Kalkaska Village President Harley Wales ~Kalkaska Village Manager Scott Yost  The Kalkaska Village Police Department ~The Kalkaska County Sheriff’s Department ~ Station 7 of the Kalkaska Township Fire Dept. ~ The Traverse City Mobile Vet Center ~ The Young Marines ~Great Lakes Golf Cars ~
Bruce Whipple  & his Mobile Military Museum ~The Kalkaska County Dept. of Veterans Affairs ~Everyone who volunteered for guard duty ~Everyone who participated in escorting the Memorial into Kalkaska from Grayling~
Everyone who assisted with the reading of the names and the tolling of the bell each hour ~ Members of American Legion Post 480 ~ Members of VFW Post 8684

       Veteran's Day Luncheon, Monday, November 12, 2018 
   The Kalkaska County Comission on Aging [COA] will be hosting their annual Veteran's Day Luncheon beginning precisely at 11:00 a.m. with a moment of silence, followed by the Presentation of Colors by the VFW Honor Guard.    All Veterans, spouses and surviving spouses are invited to attend to honor our Veterans.                        The COA is located at  303 S. Coral Street in Kalkaka.