Veterans Day at The War Memorial Honors Community Heroes 

The Patriot Initiative distributes $15,000 in grant funds to non-profits serving Michigan veterans, Wins for Warriors announces a return to The War Memorial with 1000 Christmas Salutes

GROSSE POINTE FARMS, MI - Hundreds of veterans and active duty servicemembers will gather at The War Memorial for a Veterans Day breakfast and celebration of military service Friday, November 7, 2017. The event is one of numerous servicemember centric programs hosted by The War Memorial throughout the year.

Friday’s program includes the presentation of thank you notes handmade by local students, an uplifting service song medley, remarks from area veterans, and a short film presentation highlighting patriotic programs recently held at The War Memorial. Veterans Breakfast, and offers a space for local servicemembers to reconnect at The War Memorial for the camaraderie of a meal together. 

The breakfast program will also feature the presentation of $15,000 in grant funding to local non-profits working with Michigan veteran populations. The War Memorial’s Patriot Initiative will announce 2017 grant recipients, and three metro-Detroit non-profits - Cass Community Services, Fallen and Wounded Soldier Fund, and Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs - will each receive a $5,000 grant for high-value social impact services supporting Michigan veterans.

“The Patriot Initiative doubled down on our financial commitment this year, increasing our grant amount from $2,500 in 2016 up to $5,000 per grant this year” said Thomas Smith, Patriot Initiative Committee Co-Chairman, “These grants demonstrate our ongoing commitment to local servicemembers and first responders, and our willingness to partner with local non-profits to further amplify the difference they make in the lives of servicemembers in need.” 

The Patriot Initiative serves as a philanthropic arm of The War Memorial’s mission, honoring the legacy of our veterans and the freedoms their service provides. In addition to grants presented, The Patriot Initiative sponsors a series of events for servicemembers on The War Memorial Campus.

“In addition to the variety of cultural and community programs offered at The War Memorial, we never lose sight of our organizational origins, and the gravity of the patriotic component of our mission.” Said Charles Burke, President and CEO of The War Memorial “Every name on the memorial plaques in our front entrance, and every veteran that comes onto campus, renews The War Memorial’s pledge to honor the sacrifices associated with service.”

Near-term programming will include:

  • This Americana Lecture
    November 11, 2017 @ 11 AM

    US Navy Captain Richard Allison presents Begging for Chocolates: A Story of WWII Italy.

  • 1000 Christmas Salutes in partnership with Wins for Warriors Foundation
    December 17, 2017 @ 11-:30 AM to 7 PM (timed tickets)

A holiday experience specifically for metro-Detroit military families. Together with the Wins for Warriors Foundation, The War Memorial will present festive fare, charming crafts, and visits with Santa himself. Founded by Justin Verlander, the Wins For Warriors Foundation honors those who serve and those who have served through a variety of programs and special events.


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.

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