On Veterans Day, Nov. 11, we honor the service and sacrifice of all of those who have served the country in war or peace and to thank them. The following Veterans Day events are happening in Oakland County:
• Birmingham’s Veterans Day ceremony will be co-hosted by the Piety Hill Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution and the City of Birmingham at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Civil War and WW II monuments at Shain Park, across from the Birmingham City Hall. The program includes a DAR wreath laying ceremony with the Birmingham Police Department Honor Guard. Frank Stasa III is the featured bagpiper, Lynn Hoellars Popa will play Taps and the color guard of the Oakland Composite Squadron, Civil Air Patrol will post the colors. For more information, call Deb Harrington 248-505-2306 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
• Farmington Hills Veterans Celebration is 11 a.m. Nov. 11, at the Costick Center, 28600 W. Eleven Mile Road. This annual event salutes all veterans who served their country and those who loved them. It includes an honor guard ceremony, recitation of veterans’ names, and special luncheon. Veterans that live in Farmington/Farmington Hills may attend at no charge but must preregister at the front desk at the Costick Center or by calling 248-473-1830 by Nov. 3, www.fhgov.com.
• True Rest Float Spa to host free float sessions for active-duty military members, reservists and/or veterans on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Each flotation therapy session is 60-minutes. U.S. military members (active-duty, reservists, or veterans) interested, call a participating spa and mention they qualify over the phone and provide a military ID or their DD Form 214 on the day of the appointment. Limited appointments are available. The location at 30911 Orchard Lake Road in Farmington Hills is participating. For more information, call (248) 702-6805 or visit www.truerest.com.
• Veterans Day ceremony is 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at The Great Lakes National Cemetery, 4200 Belford Road, Holly. The ceremony will feature patriotic music, presentation of colors, a rifle salute, and taps. The Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and POW/MIA will make a wreath presentation. For more information, call 866-348-8603.
Orion Veterans Memorial Veterans Day Ceremony is at 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Orion Center, 1335 Joslyn Road, Lake Orion. Keynote speaker is Doug “Odie” Slocum, founder and CEO of the Slocum Group, LLC, retired U.S. Air Force Brigadier General. The program includes the posting and retiring of the colors by VFW Post 334 Honor Guard, invocation and benediction by VFW Post 334 Chaplain Jim Muys, pledge of allegiance by Dr. Joe Mastromatteo, placing of the wreath by VFW Post 334 members, remarks and patriotic music by Lee Smith and taps will be played. For more information, call Toni Watros 248-834-3180.
• The Texas Roadhouse Restaurants invite Veterans and Active Military to a free “Thank You Lunch”; 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Nov. 11, at area Texas Roadhouse restaurants, including 29485 John R. Road in Madison Heights. For more information, visit www.texasroadhouse.com.
• The Paralyzed Veterans of America-Michigan Chapter hosts its Salute to Veterans virtual Run, Walk, Wheel event from Nov. 4-18. Participants will have an option of selecting a 1- mile, 2-mile, 5K race, or 10K race. The cost for participants is a $40 flat fee. To register, visit www.michiganpva.org/support/online.
• Vietnam Navy veteran Allen Bialek to give a Veterans Salute presentation from 3:30 to 5 p.m. and from 7 to 8 p.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at the Novi Police Training Center, 45125 Ten Mile Road, behind the police station. The event is free. For more information, call 248-760-6242 or email email@example.com.
• Free park entry to Oakland County Parks is offered on Veterans Day, Nov. 11. Visitors can enjoy free daily park entry with access to natural areas, trails, dog parks and park amenities at Addison Oaks County Park, Highland Oaks County Park, Independence Oaks County Park, Lyon Oaks County Park and Lyon Oaks Dog Park, Orion Oaks County Park, Orion Oaks Dog Park, Red Oaks Dog Park and Rose Oaks County Park. Park hours are 30 minutes before sunrise to 30 minutes after sunset, or as posted at the park. For information, visit OaklandCountyParks.com. Oakland County veterans are now eligible for a free annual vehicle permit, visit www.oakgov.com/parks/shop/Pages/Free-AVP.aspx.
• In honor of Veterans Day, TEAM Schostak Family Restaurants throughout Michigan, including Applebee’s, Olga’s Kitchen, MOD Pizza and Del Taco, will offer free meals to veterans and active military personnel, must show proof of service, such as a U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card, a photograph of he/she in military uniform or by wearing their military uniform in-restaurant. For locations, visit www.teamschostak.com.
• The Veterans Tribute of Oakland Township to host a Veterans Day ceremony at 4:30 p.m. Nov. 11, at 5236 Adams Road, (Adams and Silverbell Road), Oakland Township. For more information, visit www.vtotmi.org.
• Ortonville VFW Post 582 to place a wreath at the Veterans Monument at the Ortonville Cemetery at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 175 N. Ortonville Road, M-15. For more information, call Cmdr. Dennis Hoffman 248-736-4104.
• Lakepoint Community Church to host a Veteran’s dinner at 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 12, at 1550 W. Drahner Road. Oxford. Veteran and one guest. Advance registration required by calling Bob Bosch 248-417-2451.
• Rochester American Legion Post 172 Auxiliary to host a free Veterans Day Breakfast, 7 to 9 a.m. Friday, Nov. 11, at The Rochester Community House, 816 Ludlow St., Rochester. Veterans and the public are invited. For more information, call Terri Williams 248-651-8137.
• Veterans Day Ceremony is 11 a.m. to noon Friday, Nov. 11, at Veterans Memorial Pointe, 1015 S Livernois Road, Rochester Hills. For more information, visit Rochesterhills.org.
• The Royal Oak Veterans Day Service is at 11 a.m. Nov. 11, at the Royal Oak War Memorial in Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza in Centennial Commons (Troy and Second Streets). For more information, visit www.romi.gov/492/Veterans-Events-Committee.
• The Royal Oak Annual Ruck 22 March is from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Nov. 5, at the Royal Oak War Memorial in Barbara A. Hallman Memorial Plaza in Centennial Commons to raise awareness of the issue of Veteran Suicide. All personal items and food collected will be donated to the Vietnam Veterans of America Chapter 154 to be used to support veterans and their families. All monies will be donated to local organizations that support vets in need. The entry fee is $22 for adults; free for active and retired
military and children 10 and younger. For more information, including a list of suggested items to carry in ruck or backpack and
to register, visit romi.gov/ruck22.
• A Veterans Day Ceremony is 11 a.m. Nov. 11 at Troy Veterans Plaza, in front of Troy City Hall, 500 W Big Beaver, Troy. The program will include Raising of Colors, Rifle Salute and Taps by the Troy Police Honor Guard as well as the Laying of the Memorial Wreath at the Veterans Monument. Music will be provided by the Heritage Concert Band of Troy. The keynote speaker is United States Air Force Master Sergeant Julia L. Nobles. The public is invited to bring individual flowers, bouquets, small flags, and other appropriate mementos to be placed on the walk of honor or at the base of the Veterans Memorial in honor of a loved one or all veterans. For information, call 248-524-1147 or visit troymi.gov.
WEST BLOOMFIELD TWP.
• Heroes Appreciation Breakfast is 9 to 10:30 a.m. Nov. 8, at West Bloomfield Middle School, 3380 Orchard Lake Road, West Bloomfield, to honor veterans. The event includes a presentation by the West Bloomfield Honor Guard, guest speaker and live entertainment. Veterans and one guest attend for free. Registration required by Oct. 30, call 248-451-1900 or visit registration.wbparks.org.
The Oakland Press is interested in all veterans events in Oakland County. Please send info in the body of an email with subject line “Veterans Affairs” to Sharon Longman at firstname.lastname@example.org. Allow two weeks’ notice for scheduled events and include a phone number for readers to call for more information.