Volunteers place American flags on 55,000 graves at Great Lakes National Cemetery – The Oakland Press


Volunteers from North Oakland VFW Post 334 and others placed American flags on more than 55,000 graves at Great Lakes National Cemetery in Holly Township for Memorial Day.

Hundreds of volunteers showed up at the Great Lakes National Cemetery (GLNC) on May 27 to place American flags on more than 55,000 graves in time for Memorial Day. VFW Post 334 had Bob Mahan and Chuck Haskin there with Auxiliary member Vicki Haskin. Every May, before Memorial Day (except for COVID years) across the country, in every National Cemetery, these American flags are placed in front of every headstone.

VFW Post 334 comes out the third Tuesday of every month and performs honor guard duty. On May 17, the honor guard performed the 21-gun salute and tapping for eight different funerals during the day. During the year, members of VFW Post 334 travel to GLNC for gravestone cleaning twice a year, to lay wreaths at Christmas, and to attend Memorial Day and Veteran’s Day ceremonies, as well as to collect American flags after Memorial Day.

VFW Post members also attended the Memorial Day Ceremony at Lakeville Cemetery on May 28, the Memorial Day Ceremony at GLNC on May 29, and the Memorial Day Ceremony at Orion Veterans Memorial on May 30.

“Remember, Memorial Day is for those who gave their lives for this great country, for your life, your freedom, and the pursuit of happiness,” Quartermaster/Warrant Officer Chuck Haskin told the North Oakland VFW Post. 334.

Extension 334 is always looking for new members. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month at Lakepoint Community Church, 1550 W Drahner Road, Oxford. For membership information or to learn more about the post and what they do, call post
membership director Bob Mahan at 248-227-1619.

Events to come

• The Great Lakes National Cemetery will host an open house on Saturday, June 11 at 4200 Belford Road, Holly Township. Discover all the cemetery has to offer our nation’s veterans. For more information, call 248-329-0386 and visit cem.va.gov/cems/nchp/greatlakes.asp.

• Oakland Community College will host a Virtual Veteran Career Resources Workshop from noon to 1 p.m. on Thursday, June 9, for those transitioning from military to civilian life or simply want to learn how to leverage their military experience. Resources on jobs and careers are provided during the free online workshop. For more information, contact Jeff Arnold, Military and Veterans Services Coordinator, Oakland Community College, email [email protected] or call 248-232-4337. Sign up at bit.ly/3xo66QH.

• Desert Angels will host a Miracle Box Packing Party for troops serving overseas from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, June 9 at the Oakland County Sportsman’s Club, 4770 Waterford Road, Clarkston. Donations for the expedition are required. For a complete list of requested papers and more information, email [email protected] or call 248-736-6403.

• Highland-White Lake-Milford VFW Post 9914 to host a Steak and Rib Dinner from 5-8 p.m. Friday, June 10 and Auxiliary to host a Country Breakfast from 9 a.m.-noon Sunday, June 12 at 3200 N. Duck Lake Road in Highland Township. Cost for steak dinner is $16, ribs $16, combo $18, fish $12, all you can eat breakfast $8. The post wants to increase its workforce. For more information, call 248-887-9914.

• Miracle Quilts for Our Wounded Troops will meet from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at Independence Village, 701 Market Street, Oxford and from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Thursday, June 16 at UAW Local 5960, 180 Silver Bell Road , Lake Orion. Bring a sewing machine, extension cord and basic sewing supplies. There is a new kit available to check out. Participants can check out one of the kits or use their own materials to build a quilt. Sew at the meeting or at home. The group is always looking for new volunteers for this project. For more information, call Carole at 248-321-8669.

• Military One Resource will host the Michigan Military and Veteran Resource Sharing virtual event at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, June 21. Registration is required at www.michigan.gov/mvaa. To learn more about resources for the military and veteran community, email April Clipper at [email protected]

The Oakland Press covers all veteran events in Oakland County. Please send the information in the body of an email with the subject “Veterans Affairs” to Sharon Longman at [email protected] Allow two weeks notice for scheduled events and include a phone number readers can call for more information.


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