American Legion Post Brings “The Moving Wall” Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Holly – The Oakland Press
Holly American Legion Post 149 brings “The Moving Wall” Vietnam Veterans Memorial to Holly for the first time. The Moving Wall will be at the Karl Richter Campus, 300 East Street. The wall will be open to the public, free of charge, 24 hours a day, from Thursday August 4th to Monday August 8th.
The moving wall theme in Holly is “Reflections I”. The committee is made up of veterans, business people and citizens. The co-chairs are Vietnam veterans Joe Mishler and Rick Powers.
The Richter Campus is named after Air Force pilot Karl Richter, who was shot down during his 198th mission in North Vietnam and did not survive. The names of those who lost their lives in Vietnam in surrounding communities were included, according to a press release.
“The Wall is sacred ground and people leave precious gifts on the Wall,” Mishler said.
“We’ll be picking up the items left on the wall at Holly and bringing them to the actual wall in Washington, DC on Veterans Day.”
The Vietnam Veterans Memorial bears the names of 58,318 Americans who lost their lives during the Vietnam War. The Movable Wall is a half-scale model of the current memorial in Washington, DC Vietnam Combat Veterans LTD traveled across the country with the Movable Wall.
The event begins August 4 at the Holiday Inn Express on North Holly Road, off Exit 108 on I-75. The escort will begin at 9:30 a.m. and will be led by the Patriot Guard who will first give a security briefing. The Wall is expected to arrive at the Richter Campus around 10 a.m., with the opening ceremony at 3 p.m. A POW/MIA service will be held at 7 p.m. on August 5. All veterans are welcome.
At 7 p.m. on August 6, there will be a special performance of music and stories presented by US Army veteran Joe Mishler and USMC veteran Nick Juno.
The closing ceremony will take place on August 7 at 3 p.m. The wall will remain open until it is dismantled on Monday August 8.
“The committee greatly appreciates all of the support from the Holly Region,” Mishler said. The committee has Reflections I t-shirts for sale.
Volunteers are needed to cover all time slots. To volunteer and for more information, call Joe 810-348-9960 or email [email protected]
Oakland County Veteran Resource Fair to be held in Southfield
The Oakland County Veterans Resource Fair runs from 9 a.m. to noon on Thursday, August 11 at Southfield High School, 24675 Lahser Road, Southfield.
Representatives will be on hand to serve all veterans, active duty, guardsmen and reserves, and their families with resources, including free non-perishable food boxes.
• Gary Burnstein Community Health Clinic – free dental appointments.
• Detroit VA Healthcare System-offering registration assistance and exams for unregistered veterans.
• Dorsey College Cosmetology Program — Hairstylists will be on hand to provide free haircuts to veterans.
• Oakland County Veterans Services will provide information and assistance with Veterans Benefits claims and give away $50 Meijer gift cards. To be eligible, you must be a Veteran and an Oakland County resident and present a copy of DD214.
• Oakland Community Health Network to address all behavioral health issues and concerns, including health screenings.
• Oakland County, Michigan, it works! provide veterans and their families with career planning, training programs, job search resources and the opportunity to meet with an employment specialist.
• Oakland County Housing and Neighborhood Development will be available to help residents with housing advice and more.
• Assistance dogs on site. Free entry. Registration required for the fair at www.eventbrite.com/e/oakland-county-veterans-resource-fair-tickets-376808523437.
For more information, email Tyrone Jordan at [email protected] or call 248-285-8016.
Governor Whitmer Proclaims July 25 “Hire a Veteran’s Day”
Governor Gretchen Whitmer recognized July 25, 2022 as Hire a Veteran’s Day to proclaim the importance of hiring veterans and to shed light on the challenges military members face when they return home. them and are looking for a job, according to a press release.
Governor Whitmer has supported veterans employment initiatives in Michigan, according to a news release.
For more information, call 1-800-MICH-VET (1-800-642-4838) or visit www.michigan.gov and www.michigan.gov/mvaa.
Events to come
• North Oakland VFW Post 334 to host “Coffee with a Veteran” from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, August 6, at the Orion Veterans Memorial, 532 Lapeer Road, corner of M-24 and Odanah, Lake Orion. Two World War II veterans from Post 334 will talk about their lives in the 1930s and 1940s and their time in the United States Army. Coffee and donuts will be served until noon. VFW Post 334 will hold a flag removal ceremony from noon to 3 p.m. the same day with a large number of flags that have served their time to be removed. Everyone is welcome. For more information, call Bob Watros at 248-212-9081.
• Royal Oak American Legion Post 253 will host Music Trivia/Name That Tune at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, August 9 at 1505 N. Main St. For more information, call 248-546-0490.
• Holly American Legion Post 149 will host Open Mic from 7-11 p.m. Friday, August 12 at 408 S. Saginaw, Holly. Open to the public. No cover charge. Donations accepted. For more information, call 248-634-3822.
• Highland-White Lake-Milford VFW Post 9914 to host a Steak and Rib Dinner from 5-8 p.m. Friday, August 12 and Auxiliary to host a Country Breakfast from 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, August 14 at 3200 N The Way Duck Lake in Highland Township. Steak dinner cost $16, ribs $16, combo $18, fish $12, all you can eat breakfast $8. The post wants to increase its workforce. For more information, call 248-887-9914.
The Oakland Press covers all veteran events in Oakland County. Please send the information in the body of an email with the subject “Veterans Affairs” to Sharon Longman at [email protected] Allow two weeks notice for scheduled events and include a phone number readers can call for more information.