Veteran’s Day: Michigan Events, Ceremonies and Celebrations in 2022
Every November 11, Americans honor the veterans that sacrificed their lives to defend our country and protect our freedom.
Veteran’s Day is honored across Michigan each year, with parades, memorial services, special exhibits and much more. Here’s what’s on slate for Veteran’s Day in 2022:
17th Annual Detroit Veteran’s Day Parade
When and Where: 11:11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6. The parade route begins and ends at IBEW Local 58, located at 1358 Abbott St. in Detroit.
Information: This year’s parade is coupled with the 4Star 4Mile Race (more info below). Together, this combination is known as the Armed Services Salute, which provides the opportunity to march with veterans, run alongside veterans, cheer, and thank them the Sunday before Veteran’s Day in downtown Detroit with friends and comrades across southeast Michigan.
7th Annual 4Star 4Mile Race at the Dean Savage Memorial Park
When and Where: 11 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 1420 Abbot St. in Detroit.
Info: In celebration of Veteran’s Day, the 7th Annual 4Star 4Mile Race will take place at the Dean Savage Memorial Park, which is on the corner of Trumbull and Porter Street in Corktown. Get your running shoes on and break a sweat to honor those who have dedicated their lives to our freedom. All proceeds go to the Metropolitan Detroit Veteran’s Coalition. For more info, visit the race’s official website at this link.
Farmington Hills Veteran’s Day Celebration
When and Where: 10 a.m. until noon on Friday, Nov. 11 at the Costick Center, located at 28600 11 Mile Road in Farmington Hills.
Info: This event includes an honor guard ceremony, recitation of veterans’ names, and a special luncheon. Veteran’s that live in Farmington and 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 Thursday, Nov. 3. Farmington and Farmington Hills residents can attend for $10. The cost is $12 for non-residents.
8th Annual Lansing Veteran’s Day party
When and Where: 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 3230 N. East St. in Lansing.
Info: This event features a live auction and raffles all night long. The entry fee for non-veterans is $15 per person and $20 per couple. Food is provided by Gravity Smokehouse and all proceeds go to veterans in need in Mid-Michigan.
1st Annual Home of the Brave Veteran’s Day event in Muskegon
When and Where: 7 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at Knights of Columbus Dan M. Kennedy Council 706, located at 2915 Fairfield St. in Muskegon.
Info: Join Lakeshore Business Professionals for its 1st annual “Home of the Brave Veteran’s Day Event.” This charity event will be thrown to say thanks to those that served. All veterans will receive free raffle tickets to enter for a chance to win some incredible prizes. There will be food and a cash bar. To register, email the names and phone numbers of those who are attending with “Veteran Event” as the subject.
Veteran’s Day Celebration at the NAZ in Brighton
When and Where: 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 7669 Brighton Road.
Info: Come enjoy the guest speaking of Chad Williams, a keynote speaker and bestselling author of the book “SEAL of God.” There will be a free luncheon at noon for veterans and their family and friends following the service. Luncheon signups are requested, as available lunch seats are limited and geared for veterans and their accompanying family and friends.
Veterans Day Ceremony at McFarlan Veterans Memorial Park in Flint
When and Where: 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at McFarlan Park, located at 700 E. Kearsley St. in Flint.
Info: This annual Veteran’s Day ceremony serves to pay, honor, and respect those who have served and continue to serve.
Veterans Day Tour at the Michigan Military and Technical Society Museum
When and Where: 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 12, at the Michigan Military Technical Historical Society at 16600 Stephens in Eastpointe.
Info: Tickets cost $17 per person and include a guided tour, a presentation where local veterans will be recognized for their service and a light lunch. Tickets may be purchased online at this link and need to be purchased by Nov. 5. There will be no tickets available at the door for this event.
For more information regarding this event, or the hosting Armada Area Historical Society, please send an e-mail to [email protected] or call 586-770-8587.
Veterans Appreciation Day in Sterling Heights
When and Where: 11 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at American House Sterling Woods located at 36430 Van Dyke Ave. in Sterling Heights.
Info: Honor the service of our brave military men and women with a special veterans’ appreciation event. There will be a viewing of our resident veterans’ service memorabilia starting at 10 a.m. You are invited to bring yours to include in the display.
All veterans are welcome to have lunch for free. A ceremony will then be hosted at 1:30 p.m., followed by refreshments at 2 p.m. You are asked to RSVP by Nov. 10, 2022, by calling 586-480-1403.
Veteran’s Day Discounts, Freebies
Veterans & Families Get into Potter Park Zoo for Free
When and where: 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Potter Park Zoo, located at 1301 S. Pennsylvania Ave. in Lansing.
Info: In honor of those who serve, Potter Park Zoo is welcoming all veterans, military members, and their families into the zoo free of charge.
Free Coffee for Vets in Sault Ste. Marie
When and Where: 7 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 11 at Cup of the Day, located at 406 Ashmun St. in Sault Ste. Marie.
Info: Cup of the Day says thanks for the 23rd straight year by providing a free coffee, cappuccino or latte for all vets, active-duty military, USCG, CBP, ICE, Customs, local police, fire departments and sheriff’s departments.
Looking for year-round memorials to visit that may be located near you? Check out this list of 10 Michigan Destinations to visit this Veteran’s Day.
Photo credit: The Metropolitan Detroit Veterans Coalition (MDVC)
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