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Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) members stand by to march out of the VFW Hall in Lake Leelanau to provide a ri e salute during last year’s Veterans Day observance.
Duty calls to attend fall event
Veterans Day provides time to recall sacri ces
Veterans Day observance in Leelanau County may shift because 11 a.m. on Nov. 11 is on a Sunday, when a lot of people will be in church.
But this year’s Veterans Day observance will de nitely be held in the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 7731 hall on M-24 in Lake Leelanau. It will be the sec- ond year the observance will be held at the VFW Hall in Lake Leelanau instead of at the Veterans Memorial Plaza on the Leelanau County Government Center campus where Memorial Day ceremonies continue to be held each May.
“Last year, the weather was just so bad that we needed to move the Veterans Day observance indoors to
the VFW Hall,” said Greg Mikowski, commander of the VFW’s “Little Finger Post” in Lake Leelanau.
Despite the unexpected move to the VFW Hall last year, more than 100 people showed up to partici- pate.
“It was a little less organized than we would have liked, but this year we expect to be able to serve refreshments including coffee and some snacks,” Mikowski said.
Members of the Eagletown Post of the American Legion also partic- ipate in the county’s Veterans Day observance. They are expected to provide a color guard for the cere- mony again this year.
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By Eric Carlson
Special to the Color Tour
A fall ritual observed in Leelanau County and throughout the U.S. occurs on Nov. 11. This year will mark the 100th anniversary of Veteran’s Day.
In most places, including Leelanau County, the observance customarily takes place on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of the year.
That’s when, in 1918, an armi-
stice day was signed ending World War I. The day was celebrated as Armistice Day until 1954 when it was re-designated as Veterans Day.
Veterans Day is intended to honor all who served or are serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. It is not to be confused with Memorial Day, which is observed on the last Monday of May each year to remember military service mem- bers who lost their lives in our nation’s wars.
The exact timing of this year’s
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