LANSING | On the final day of Lansing Autumn Fest, a military recognition ceremony will take place followed by several groups performing patriotic music. The event will begin at 10 a.m. with a USO welcome table with costumed T.F. South High School students serving coffee and doughnuts, which are free for veterans.
At 11 a.m. there will be a brief worship service that will include representatives of some of Lansing ’s churches.
Additional T.F. South students will model vintage military uniforms on loan from Norm’s Military Collectibles in Lansing .
The program will recognize Lansing groups for their support of our troops. Bill Schroeder of the Indiana Marines Calumet Detachment of the Marine Corp League will be the emcee for the event. Lansing resident Ray Krueger will have a military memorabilia display.
The National Anthem will be sung by Molly Roe, a Lansing teen who has also performed the anthem at U.S. Cellular Field. Mayor Norm Abbott, a military veteran, will lead the Pledge of Allegiance.
Entertainment will include the Illiana High School Choir, the Wolffgang Choir from Hobart High School , the Visible Music College and the Liberty Call, the Great Lakes Naval Show Band.
A blood drive will take place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and will go directly to the network that supplies blood to veteran hospitals.
This is something near our hearts,” said Jo-Ellyn Kelley, Vice President of the Lansing Association for Community Events. “Julie Venem has been actively assisting the Military Morning Committee in putting this program together. Without Julie this would not come together as well as it does.” Venem’s son, Ryan, is in the United States Marine Corp, currently serving his third tour in Afghanistan .