The War Memorial Celebrates Memorial Week

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MICHIGAN — Sponsored by Wins for Warriors Foundation, The War Memorial is setting aside an entire week to honor our community’s veterans, military service members, and their families with special programs and events leading up to Memorial Day.

The week includes three individual programs: Our Community Salutes on May 23, 2017; An Evening of Red, White and Blue, our premiere gala event on May 25, 2017; and our annual Memorial Day Service on May 29, 2017.

All events will be held at The War Memorial, located at 32 Lake Shore Drive in Grosse Pointe Farms.


Our Community Salutes — Tuesday, May 23, 2017 at 7pm

OCSOur 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. Colonel (Retired) Mary “Crickett” LeMasters will also provide remarks.

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

The War Memorial’s fourth annual Our Community Salutes Enlistee Recognition Ceremony is free and open to the public; the event will be held on the lakefront lawn of The War Memorial. No registration is required.

About Major General Clark W. LeMasters, Jr.

Major General Clark W. LeMasters, Jr., assumed command of the U.S. Army TACOM Life Cycle Management Command on May 2, 2016.

Major General LeMasters’ previous assignments include: Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations and Logistics, G-3/4, U.S. Army Materiel Command, August 2014–April 2016; Commanding General of the 13th Sustainment Command (Expeditionary); Chief of Ordnance and Commandant of the U.S. Army Ordnance School, July 2010–March 2012; Executive Officer for the Army G-4, July 2009–July 2010; Director, Distribution Management Center, Army Sustainment Command, July 2007–July 2009; Student, Army War College; Chief, Logistics Readiness Center, J4-Operations, USCENTCOM, August 2004–June 2006; Commander, 123rd Main Support Battalion, 1st Armored Division June 2002–August 2004; Executive Officer, 1st Armored Division Support Command, May 2000–June 2002; Executive Officer, 703rd Main Support Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division, April 1999–May 2000; Materiel Officer, 3rd Infantry Division MMC, May 1998–April 1999; and Support Operations Officer, 703rd MSB, June 1997–May 1998.

Major General LeMasters was previously assigned to Fort Lee, Virginia from December 1994–July 1996 as a Staff Officer in the Force Development Directorate, US Army CASCOM.

Major General LeMasters was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant in 1982 from the ROTC program at Marion Military Institute, Marion, Alabama. Following his graduation from Marion, he served as a Platoon Leader in the 1-115th Infantry Battalion, MDARNG, until he completed his bachelor degree in chemistry at Frostburg State University, Frostburg, Maryland. Major General LeMasters was assessed to active duty in September 1984 as an Ordnance Officer. He also holds masters degrees from Florida Institute of Technology and the Army War College. His military education includes the Ordnance Officer Basic and Advanced Courses, the Army Command and General Staff College, and the Army War College. During his career, he has served overseas in Germany, Iraq, Qatar, and Afghanistan.

Major General LeMasters’ awards and decorations include: Army Distinguished Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); the Legion of Merit (with three Oak Leaf Clusters); Bronze Star Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Defense Meritorious Service Medal; Meritorious Service Medal (with four Oak Leaf Clusters); Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster); Army Staff Badge and the Parachutist Badge.

Major General LeMasters is married to Colonel (Retired) Mary “Crickett” LeMasters; they have two children.

About Colonel (Retired) Mary “Crickett” LeMasters

Colonel (Retired) Mary “Crickett” LeMasters hails from the small, rural town of Autryville, North Carolina located in the Southeastern portion of North Carolina. She attended college at Campbell University from 1980–1982, after which she transferred to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated in 1984 with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology. She was awarded a ROTC scholarship her Junior and Senior years, and attended Duke University for Army ROTC where she was awarded the Distinguished Military Graduate honor.

Crickett and her husband of 31 years, Major General Clark W. LeMasters, Jr., are blessed with two children, Lauren G. LeMasters and Steven C. LeMasters.

In her professional capacity, Crickett was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant in the U.S. Army in 1984. She attended the Ordnance Officer Basic Course located in Huntsville, Alabama. She continued her military service in Huntsville at the U.S. Army Missile Command. Crickett left active duty after the birth of their first child, Lauren. She continued to serve in the U.S. Army Reserves and worked as a Department of Defense civilian. As her husband continued his active duty career, she followed him working as either a U.S. Army Reservist or Department of Defense civilian while supporting her community as a military spouse. During her professional career, she has served overseas in Germany and Iraq. Crickett retired from the U.S. Army Reserves at the rank of Colonel in August 2014.

Colonel (Retired) Crickett LeMasters’ military awards include: Bronze Star Medal, Defense Meritorious Service Medal (with Oak Leaf Cluster), Joint Service Commendation Medal, Army Commendation Medal (with 4 Oak Leaf Clusters), Army Achievement Medal (with 2 Oak Leaf Clusters), Iraq Campaign Medal with Campaign Star and Parachutist Badge.

Crickett has volunteered in various installation organizations to include Family Readiness Group Leader/Advisor at the Company, Battalion, Brigade and General Officer Command levels, Spouses’ Clubs, Senior Spouses’ Groups, AFAP Conferences. Most recently, she has maintained a strong support of various community initiatives, serving on several boards to include: Santa’s Workshop at Fort Hood, Texas, Redstone Arsenal Community Women’s Club in Huntsville, Alabama and Military and Civilian Spouse Club, Selfridge ANG, Michigan.

Lastly, Crickett knows the power and impact of positive role modeling, resulting in her participation in outreach engagements throughout her travels.


An Evening of Red, White and Blue — Thursday, May 25, 2017 at 6pm

Presented by Wins for Warriors Foundation, 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.

Tickets for An Evening of Red, White and Blue are available in two levels: $175 for the entire evening (6–10pm), or $50 for the Fireworks Afterglow only (8:30–10pm). Tickets can be purchased at www.warmemorial.org/gala, or by calling The War Memorial’s Department of Institutional Advancement at 313.332.4075.

Suggested dress is chic red, white and blue attire.


Memorial Day Service — Monday, May 29, 2017 at 10am

MemorialDayThe 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.

The Memorial Day Service is free, open to the public, and attended by hundreds of members of the community. Guests are welcome to experience the Service from their boats. No registration is required.

About Major General David G. Bassett

Major General David G. Bassett was appointed Program Executive Officer for Ground Combat Systems in September 2013. He is responsible for the life-cycle management of a complex and diverse organization with six Acquisition Category I programs (Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program, M109A7 Self-Propelled Howitzer program, Abrams Tank upgrades, Bradley Fighting Vehicles upgrades, the Stryker Family of Vehicles and the M88 HERCULES). In addition to the combat vehicle modernization efforts for each of the ACAT I programs, to include active protection systems, he is also responsible for multiple Foreign Military Sales efforts and pending programs such as Mobile Protected Firepower.

MG Bassett was commissioned through ROTC in 1988 into the Signal Corps with a bachelor of science in electrical engineering from the University of Virginia. As a junior officer, he served in Germany in tactical positions as Communications Platoon Leader, 2nd Armored Cavalry Regiment and as Battalion S4 and Company Commander in 123rd Signal Battalion, 3rd Infantry Division.

Following the Signal Officer’s Advanced Course and Advanced Civil Schooling at the University of Virginia where he received a master of science in computer science, he was assigned to the US European Command Staff, where he served as the Requirements Analysis and Interoperability Action Officer, J6.

He transferred to the Army Acquisition Corps in 1999 and was assigned to Fort Monmouth, New Jersey, as Operations Officer, Communications and Electronics Command Software Engineering Center. MG Bassett went on to serve at Fort Monmouth as the Chief Software Engineer for the Future Combat Systems Network and as Program Integrator and Product Manager, Future Combat Systems, Software Integration. He then served on the Joint Staff as the Ground Maneuver Analyst, Capabilities and Acquisition Division, J8.

From July 2009 to May 2012, MG Bassett served as the Army’s Project Manager for Tactical Vehicles within the Program Executive Office for Combat Support and Combat Service Support (PEO CS&CSS). In June 2012, Tactical Vehicles was restructured, and he was tapped to lead the Joint Program Office, Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, PEO CS&CSS, through the Engineering and Manufacturing Development award, from June 2012 to August 2012.

In September 2012, MG Bassett assumed responsibilities as the Deputy Program Executive Officer for CS&CSS. As the DPEO he provided technical and managerial oversight for approximately 270 tactical wheeled vehicles, special purpose vehicles and equipment, physical security equipment, petroleum and water systems, and other support systems/equipment for the US Army and sister services.

MG Bassett is a graduate of the Army Command and General Staff College at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas and a distinguished graduate of the Industrial College of the Armed Forces in Washington, D.C.


About The War Memorial

The War Memorial, located on the shores of Lake Saint Clair in Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan, is a legacy-filled institution with a reenergized determination to emerge as a regional driver of arts, learning, patriotism, hospitality and connectivity. Situated on the grounds of the historic Alger Estate, The War Memorial serves an estimated 200,000 individuals with over 2,000 functions annually, including programs to honor veterans, engagement experiences for adults and children, community events and celebrations, and premier hospitality services. With new programming and innovative leadership, The War Memorial is a unique, dynamic and forward-thinking hub for southeast Michigan with a mission to be a patriotic, cultural, and community leader.


About Wins for Warriors

Founded by Justin Verlander, the mission of the Wins for Warriors Foundation is to empower United States military veterans and their families by strengthening collaboration and raising positive awareness in our communities. Wins for Warriors is headquartered in Detroit and is a 501(c)(3) charity. To get involved, make a tax-deductible donation and learn more, visit www.winsforwarriors.org.


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