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The week includes three individual programs — Our Community Salutes on May 23; An Evening of Red, White and Blue, our premiere gala event on May 25; and our annual Memorial Day Service on May 29. Memorial Week 2017 is sponsored by Wins for Warriors Foundation.

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Tuesday, May 23
Welcome Showcase for Recruits at 6pm
Public Ceremony at 7pm

Our Community Salutes is a national non-profit organization created to recognize and celebrate high school students who are enlisting in the armed services after graduation. As their proud families look on, we will honor Metro Detroit’s courageous young men and women as they take the oath of office. The oath will be administered by Major General Clark W. LeMasters, Jr.; his wife, Colonel (Retired) Mary “Crickett” LeMasters will also provide remarks.

Patriotic music will be provided by the Motor City Brass Band.

The general public is welcome and need not register; recruits must register in advance
Held on the lakefront lawn of The War Memorial

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We would like to honor you for your commitment to enlist in the military upon your graduation this spring!

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Thursday, May 25

An Evening of Red, White and Blue is The War Memorial’s premiere gala event, during which we honor our heroes and raise funds in support of The Patriot Initiative. The Patriot Initiative provides financial gifts to impactful organizations focused on honoring and serving veteran causes. Guests will enjoy cocktails in the historic Alger estate courtyard, exquisite dining in our beautiful lakefront ballroom, and fireworks overlooking Lake St. Clair.

The evening will include the presentation of two awards: Gary Peters, U.S. Senator, will receive the Spirit of Service Award; Justin Verlander and Wins for Warriors Foundation will receive the Spirit of Community Award. Christie Williams, executive director and CEO of Wins for Warriors Foundation, will accept the award on behalf of Mr. Verlander.


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Monday, May 29

The War Memorial’s week of service and honor culminates in our traditional Memorial Day Service. This moving ceremony takes place on the lakefront lawn of The War Memorial as we honor and remember those who have given the ultimate sacrifice in service to our country.

Major General David G. Bassett, U.S. Army Program Executive Officer for Ground Combat Systems, will speak at the Service. Also participating are members of the Grosse Pointe Veterans Club, local Boy Scout and Girl Scout troops, the Ritual Firing Team of V.F.W. Bruce Post 1146, Knights of Columbus, the Grosse Pointe Veterans Garden, and the Grosse Pointe American Legion.

The event features a reading of the names of fallen Grosse Pointe service members from all military branches, followed by the Tolling of the Bell and a Rifle Salute. An Honor Guard will perform the Advancing and Placing of Colors, and patriotic music will be provided by the Motor City Brass Band. A military fly-over from Selfridge Air National Guard Base will also feature in the day’s ceremony.

The Service will conclude with a moment of solemnity, featuring Amazing Grace performed on bagpipes.

Free and open to the public; guests are welcome to experience the Service from their boats
No registration is required
Held on the lakefront lawn of The War Memorial