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(LANSING) – The City of Lansing, the Capital Area Veterans Commission and MSU Native American Institute, will present the eleventh annual Capital Area Veterans Day observance on Saturday, November 5th at Pattengill Middle School, located at 626 Marshall Street in Lansing.
The event begins with a complimentary breakfast and exhibits from 8:30 – 10:00 a.m. in the Pattengill cafe´ area. The Veterans Day Ceremony begins at 10:30 a.m. in the Pattengill auditorium. The keynote speaker is Lt. Governor Jefferson Keel of the Chickasaw Nation. Lt. Governor Keel is a Vietnam veteran, holder of the Bronze Star with V for Valor. This year, special focus will be placed on the generations of distinguished military service by Native American veterans, in recognition of Native American Heritage Month. A traveling photographic exhibit from the Smithsonian Institute, “Patriot Nations” will be on display at the event. The exhibit documents the Native American generations of valorous service in the U.S. armed forces.
The 10:30 a.m. ceremony will feature Color Guard as well as a traditional American Indian Color Guard ceremony, with traditional drumming by Bear Lake. There will be musical performances by Lansing Eastern High School Band, Glen Erin Pipe Band and vocalist Mary Black Junttonen.
This marks the eighth consecutive year that the Lansing event has been recognized as a regional site location by the United States Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Ken Houston of WILX TV-10 is our 2016 Master of Ceremonies. Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for the Breakfast, while the ceremonial program begins promptly at 10:30 with massing of the colors.