2017-11-05 / Insight

Veterans Day weekend activities planned across the county

LAPEER COUNTY — In America they called it Armistice Day and in Europe they called it Remembrance Day, but in 1954 Congress officially renamed it Veterans Day and set it aside as the day to recall the service of all U.S. military veterans.

Still, on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month veterans gather at memorials as they have for decades to mark the end of hostilities in World War I and honor the service off all veterans.

Lapeer County is no different.

• At 11 a.m. Saturday (Nov. 11) veterans and their supporters from across the county will gather at the Veterans Park on Nepessing Street across from Immaculate Conception Catholic Church for a patriotic ceremony.

Following the ceremony, Lapeer’s VFW Post 4139 will hold a luncheon for veterans noon at the Post, 128 Daley Rd., in Mayfield Township.

• The Lapeer County Dept. of Veterans Affairs will kick off the Veterans Day weekend at 5:15 p.m. Thursday (Nov. 9) with its monthly Vet to Vet Support Group meeting at the LCVA office, 287 W. Nepessing.

The confidential group provides an opportunity for veterans to discuss issues and experiences impacting their lives. An accredited veteran service officer will make a brief presentation on filing a service disabled compensation claim. The group is open to veterans only. Refreshments will be served. RSVP (first name only) to insure enough refreshments are available at 810-667-0256.

• The Deshetsky family will host its annual Veterans Appreciation Dinner 12:20 p.m. Friday (Nov. 10) at the Fellowship Hall at the First Baptist Church, 6701 Lincoln in North Branch. Doors open at 11:45 a.m. with the served at 12:20 p.m. It is open to all veterans.

Ralph Deshetsky, owner of Production Thread Products in North Branch, began the annual dinner in 1969 to welcome home John Goss, one of his employees who had returned home from the Vietnam War after serving three years in the military. The family and company have done it ever since.

— Phil Foley

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